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Fauna of New Zealand 64 : Pisauridae

ISBN: 9780478347227

Author: C Vink    Publisher: Manaaki Whenua Press

Nurseryweb spiders



Four closely related species of Pisauridae (nurseryweb spiders) are found in New Zealand; three on the mainland and ...


Nurseryweb spiders



Four closely related species of Pisauridae (nurseryweb spiders) are found in New Zealand; three on the mainland and one on the Chatham Islands. All species are endemic to New Zealand and are likely to be related to Australian species. The most common species is Dolomedes minor, found throughout New Zealand in scrubland, grassland, swamps and marshes. Dolomedes aquaticus is found in open riverbeds and stony lakeshores throughout the South Island and in the southern half of the North Island. A new species of Dolomedes is found in shaded riverbeds throughout the mainland. The Chatham Island species, Dolomedes schauinslandi, is nationally endangered due to its restricted range.



In this Fauna the genus Dolomedes and all New Zealand species are described, with information on synonymy, type data, material examined, and geographical distribution. Habitus images of adults, illustrations of important structural features, and distribution maps are provided. A key to adults is given. A molecular phylogenetic analysis examining the relationships of New Zealand species in the genus is presented.


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Pages: 60


Publication Date: 04-03-2014


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Fauna of New Zealand 63 : Auchenorryhncha

ISBN: 9780478347203

Author: M-C Larivière    Publisher: Manaaki Whenua Press

This is a biosystematics catalogue for the Auchenorrhyncha, generally regarded as a suborder of the Hemiptera. They include planthoppers, cicadas, froghoppers, ...


This is a biosystematics catalogue for the Auchenorrhyncha, generally regarded as a suborder of the Hemiptera. They include planthoppers, cicadas, froghoppers, spittlebugs, treehoppers, and leafhoppers.



These insects are highly diverse and form a major component of the plant-feeding fauna of most terrestrial ecosystems. Auchenorrhyncha have adopted varied life habits on nearly all continents and islands and there may be around 42 000 species described worldwide. Compared with larger regions the New Zealand fauna – currently comprising 12 families, 68 genera and 196 species – may appear relatively small but what it lacks in size it makes up for in uniqueness, e.g., 82% of known species do not occur anywhere else in the world. From this point of view New Zealand can be regarded as a biodiversity “hot spot” for this group of insects. New genera and species will be discovered in the future and once fully described the New Zealand fauna may reach 300 to 350 species.



In this volume, crucial questions about Auchenorrhyncha are posed and answered: which species occur in New Zealand, what is their status? What are the resources available to identify and study them? Where do species and genera occur ? When are they active? How do they live? To answer these questions this catalogue brings together the available literature and collection-based information on extant taxa recorded from New Zealand’s main islands and its offshore islands.



The catalogue has been written with the needs of biosystematists, identifiers, biosecurity and conservation managers, ecologists, other biologists, and members of the public in mind, hence the sections summarising for all species the geographic distribution, biology, dispersal power, and reference to available identification tools, taxonomic revisions, and natural history treatments. A species checklist, full bibliography, taxonomic index, eight appendices, species distribution maps, and primary type colour photographs are also provided.


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Pages: 232


Publication Date: 04-03-2014


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Environmental markets for New Zealand : the barriers and opportunities

ISBN: 9780478347800

Author: Suzie Greenhalgh    Publisher: Manaaki Whenua Press

Environmental markets are one option in an array of interventions available to policymakers for reducing environmental degradation or improving environmental qu...


Environmental markets are one option in an array of interventions available to policymakers for reducing environmental degradation or improving environmental quality. While markets are not always an appropriate policy response, they are often promoted as a more palatable and cost-effective option for achieving an environmental goal than stand-alone regulation, especially by those regulated. This is because markets can allow greater flexibility to those causing environmental harm in how they meet their regulatory obligations – which may result in cost-savings.



Environmental markets first emerged in the 1970s and have become much more prominent internationally since the mid-1990s. A large number of markets now exist worldwide for a wide range of environmental commodities including water quality, water quantity, carbon, sulphurous and nitrous gases, fish stocks, wetlands, and threatened species. This growing international experience provides a basis for assessing whether, and in what circumstances, environmental markets are truly successful, and what is needed to establish a successful environmental market.



In this Science Series report, the authors ask what is required to establish successful environmental markets in general, and investigate some of the barriers to the development of such markets in New Zealand. They identify some actions that could facilitate the evolution of successful environmental markets for New Zealand, focusing primarily focus on compliance markets, in particular those for greenhouse gases, water quality, water quantity and biodiversity.


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Pages: 45


Publication Date: 04-03-2014


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New Zealand Tussock Grassland Moths

ISBN: 9780478093452

Author: J S Dugdale    Publisher: Manaaki Whenua Press

A Taxonomic and Ecological Handbook based on light-trapping studies in Canterbury



This handbook has been designed around the practical ...


A Taxonomic and Ecological Handbook based on light-trapping studies in Canterbury



This handbook has been designed around the practical questions facing the non-specialist seeking to identify tussock grassland moths accurately and to know their ecologies.



The primary focus is on night-flying moths (those attracted to light) and coverage includes more than one-third of the total New Zealand moth fauna. Many of these moths have wide associations beyond tussock grasslands. Distinctive characters are emphasised to make moth recognition as easy as possible, and the reader’s attention is also drawn to the distinguishing characters of look-alike moths that might be mistakenly confused.



Line drawings, colour plates and a glossary assist the reader to understand morphological terms. Taxonomic keys complement a range of scanning and networking features to locate species of immediate interest in the fewest possible steps. Distribution ranges and known larval foods are defined, and statistically robust selections of light-trapping data are used to clarify species abundances, flight phenologies, altitudinal distributions and faunal biodiversity.



A range of topical information is presented in supplementary ‘Note’ entries throughout the text, and appendices provide easy access to moth dispersal records, the ranges of variability encountered between individuals, and the timing of flight across the hours of darkness. The handbook format also allows quick appraisal of what is currently unknown by science and includes moths that are as yet undescribed.


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Pages: 366


Publication Date: 28-02-2014


$55.00
Soil Management Guidelines for Sustainable Cropping

ISBN: 9780478093384

Author: T G Shepherd    Publisher: Manaaki Whenua Press

Healthy soil is productive soil and the keys to maintaining soil health can be found in this full colour booklet. Devised by experienced Landcare Research soil ...


Healthy soil is productive soil and the keys to maintaining soil health can be found in this full colour booklet. Devised by experienced Landcare Research soil scientists, it is a practical, easy to follow manual which will help farmers and vegetable growers manage their soils sustainably.



Visual soil assessment methods are given as a tool to gauge the soil condition. Best soil management practices are suggested to achieve and maintain healthy soil. Issues covered include machinery compaction, erosion and loss of soil organic matter. The booklet is concluded by a useful summary of take home messages.



The crucial balance between conservation and productivity is addressed. The conclusions deliver a positive message for the arable farmer: improved soil quality can lead to improved yields, greater profits, and environmentally friendly farming. Clear photographs help to make this an indispensible self-help guide.


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Pages: 26


Publication Date: 28-02-2014


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The Brushtail Possum

ISBN: 9780478093360

Author: T L Montague    Publisher: Manaaki Whenua Press

The brushtail possum Trichosurus vulpecula is arguably the most intensively studied wild animal in New Zealand today. After many years of research, the latest i...


The brushtail possum Trichosurus vulpecula is arguably the most intensively studied wild animal in New Zealand today. After many years of research, the latest information on possums is now available in a uniquely comprehensive, fully indexed volume. The Brushtail Possum - biology, impact and management of an introduced marsupial is a valuable resource that draws together accumulated knowledge on an introduced species which once promised New Zealand a fur trade, but now costs a fortune to manage.



Brushtail possums were introduced from Australia in the 1850s to establish an animal fur industry, and now number an estimated 60 - 70 million in New Zealand. The damage they cause is both environmental and financial: they prey on eggs and chicks of native birds and on native insects, damage native forests and spread bovine Tb, posing an immense threat to dairy and beef industries.



The 41 authors of The Brushtail Possum provide an expert overview, in the form of 25 stand-alone chapters, of past and present possum research. They identify crucial areas where further research is needed and the future options for managing brushtail possums in New Zealand. The difficulties and complexities of managing this invasive species are enormous, but this book represents a significant step.



The information within this book will be useful to anyone interested in brushtail possums, from those directly involved in managing the species such as pest management agencies, land managers, farmers, regional and municipal councils, DOC and MAF, to those with an academic or general interest in wildlife.


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Pages: 292


Publication Date: 28-02-2014


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Fauna of New Zealand 32 : Sphecidae

ISBN: 9780478045345

Author: A Harris    Publisher: Manaaki Whenua Press

The Fauna of New Zealand series has been widely acclaimed for its role in presenting New Zealand's unique invertebrate fauna to the world


The Fauna of New Zealand series has been widely acclaimed for its role in presenting New Zealand's unique invertebrate fauna to the world


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Pages: 112


Publication Date: 20-12-2013


$33.50
Fauna of New Zealand : Terrestrial Talitridae

ISBN: 9780478045338

Author: K Duncan    Publisher: Manaaki Whenua Press

The Fauna of New Zealand series has been widely acclaimed for its role in presenting New Zealand's unique invertebrate fauna to the world


The Fauna of New Zealand series has been widely acclaimed for its role in presenting New Zealand's unique invertebrate fauna to the world


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Pages: 128


Publication Date: 20-12-2013


$36.00
Fauna of New Zealand 29 : Cryptorhynchinae

ISBN: 9780478045185

Author: C Lyal    Publisher: Manaaki Whenua Press

The Fauna of New Zealand series has been widely acclaimed for its role in presenting New Zealand's unique invertebrate fauna to the world


The Fauna of New Zealand series has been widely acclaimed for its role in presenting New Zealand's unique invertebrate fauna to the world


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Pages: 307


Publication Date: 20-12-2013


$65.00
Methods and Rationale of the New Zealand Soil Classification

ISBN: 9780478045123

Author: A E Hewitt    Publisher: Manaaki Whenua Press

Landcare Research Science Series No. 2



A natural extension to Version 3, explaining the methods used to develop the New Zealand Soil Cl...


Landcare Research Science Series No. 2



A natural extension to Version 3, explaining the methods used to develop the New Zealand Soil Classification, it includes discussion of the rational for class recognition and definition. Aiming to provide a concise account useful for soil taxonomists, users and students of soil classification. This report is concerned with the top three levels of the hierarchy: order; group; and subgroup.


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Pages: 71


Publication Date: 20-12-2013


$25.00
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