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Tuatara

ISBN: 9781927145449

Author: Alison Cree    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

Pick up virtually any textbook on vertebrate evolution and you will find mention of the curious reptile known as tuatara (Sphenodon). The special evolutionary s...


Pick up virtually any textbook on vertebrate evolution and you will find mention of the curious reptile known as tuatara (Sphenodon). The special evolutionary status of tuatara as the last of the rhynchocephalians - one of the four orders of living reptiles - is unquestioned. Wild members of the sole living species are now restricted to a few dozen remote islands around the New Zealand coast, where for several centuries they have been observed and studied by humans. But are tuatara really unchanged 'living fossils', or close relatives of dinosaurs, as sometimes portrayed?

This is the first detailed monograph for decades about this enigmatic reptile, and the first to be illustrated in colour throughout. The evolution, natural history and conservation of tuatara are covered in comprehensive detail, providing a valuable resource for the specialist yet in a style accessible to a wide readership. The special place of tuatara in Maori and popular culture is also considered. Tuatara have survived alongside humans for more than 700 years, though with their numbers much reduced; what are their future prospects in a globally changing world?


Bind: hardback


Pages: 600


Dimensions: 190 x 258 mm


Publication Date: 20-08-2014


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Fauna of New Zealand 71 : Fanniidae

ISBN: 9780478347456

Author: M Cecilia Dominguez    Publisher: Manaaki Whenua Press

Fanniids are a small family of flies that are known mainly because many of the species are associated with humans and are of medical and forensic importance. Mo...


Fanniids are a small family of flies that are known mainly because many of the species are associated with humans and are of medical and forensic importance. Most of the species of Fanniidae have been described from the Holarctic region, but recently many new species have been described from the Neotropical region. The Fanniidae are inhabitants of forested areas, and are relatively rare in open landscapes. Males of almost all species form swarms in shaded areas and females may be attracted to decaying organic matter and excrement. Fanniidae can be most readily distinguished from other calyptrate flies found in New Zealand by the shape of the subcostal vein, which runs straight in its apical half, without any sinuous bend.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 91


Dimensions: 180 x 242 mm


Publication Date: 29-07-2014


$49.00
The Wordsworth Crossword Companion

ISBN: 9781840223057

Author: Stephen Curtis    Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

Pages: 288


Tag: Reference
$15.99
The Wordsworth Book of Pub Quizzes

ISBN: 9781840226713

Author: David Rothwell    Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

Pages: 272


Publication Date: 01-06-2011


Tag: Reference
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How To Be A Writer

ISBN: 9781849533454

Author: Stewart Ferris    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

Stewart Ferris uses his industry know-how to give you all the tips, tricks and inside knowledge you will need to become a successful writer, covering all types ...


Stewart Ferris uses his industry know-how to give you all the tips, tricks and inside knowledge you will need to become a successful writer, covering all types of writing from books to scripts and beyond. This accessible and informative guide is packed with advice to equip you with the skills you need to launch a writing career:

• Find the time and place to write

• Make the most of new technologies

• Maximise your chances of selling your work

So what are you waiting for? Pick up your pen, open your laptop and fire up your imagination. Whichever tools you choose, the time to start is now.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 07-01-2013


$29.99
Understanding Violence

ISBN: 9781927145487

Author: Annabel Taylor & Marie Connolly    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

For most of us, violence is something observed from the safety of our living spaces where we watch televised terrorist attacks and ongoing global conflict. We e...


For most of us, violence is something observed from the safety of our living spaces where we watch televised terrorist attacks and ongoing global conflict. We engage with the horror of mass shootings, and try to make sense of what appears to be senseless violence toward innocent victims. Domestic murders and assaults now seem commonplace items in our newspapers. But many human service workers and social workers confront violence-related issues every day in situations arising across every stratum of our society.
This book takes a multi-disciplinary perspective towards understanding and developing effective responses to violence, its prevention and management. It encompasses a variety of fields of practice and offers sound analysis of theories that underpin these fields along with their pracice implications.
Understanding Violence: Context and Practice in the Human Services is a reference for professionals, an essential resource for students and will be of interest to the wider community in explaining community responses to violence. The editors have recruited a wide range of experts who collectively offer valuable insights into different aspects of violence. There is something in the book for researchers, practitioners amd policy analysts and it should provide readers with a comprehensive overview of both New Zealand and international cutting-edge strategies for dealing with violence in its various forms.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 254


Dimensions: 152 x 228 mm


Publication Date: 17-06-2013


$45.00
Caring For Our Coast

ISBN: 9780987666048

Author: Lucy Brake    Publisher: Environmental Defence Society

This full colour, large format, hard cover publication includes extensive use of photographs and practical examples of good and poor practice. It has a user fri...


This full colour, large format, hard cover publication includes extensive use of photographs and practical examples of good and poor practice. It has a user friendly tone and includes lots of check lists, maps and illustrations.
New Zealand has a long, varied and spectacular coastline. It supports a diverse range of habitats and species and is of enormous environmental, social, cultural and economic importance to New Zealanders. With the growing pressures and threats facing this country's coastal environment, we are at risk of losing many of these significant values.
This fully updated and expanded guide to managing New Zealand's coastal environment sets out how these challenges can be btter addressed. It identifies how the strengthened provisions of the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 2010 can be proactively implemented to achieve better outcomes for the coast.
The guide describes the valuable lessons learnt over the past decade in the planning and design of coastal developments and offers insights into current best practice in the field. It is an invaluable resource for coastal developers, coastal managers, professional advisors, students, people living in coastal communities and everyone else concerned with better managing and protecting New Zealand's coastal environment.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 264


Dimensions: 297 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 23-10-2013


$75.00
Fauna of New Zealand 72 : Micropterigidae

ISBN: 9780478347593

Author: George W Gibbs    Publisher: Manaaki Whenua Press

The tiny ‘jaw-moths’ of the family Micropterigidae hold a special place in our understanding of the evolution of moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera) because...


The tiny ‘jaw-moths’ of the family Micropterigidae hold a special place in our understanding of the evolution of moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera) because of their antiquity and their status as the most primitive type of surviving Lepidoptera. Almost perfect fossils preserved in amber from places as remote as the Baltic Sea, Burma and Lebanon indicate that these moths had reached their zenith before the end of the Jurassic (140 million years ago—the age of dinosaurs) and have survived almost unchanged all over the world. Modern jaw-moths retain the basic jaws that characterise so many insect groups (hence the common name) whereas all the higher moths and butterflies have evolved a coiled tongue which gives them the ability to specialise on the nectar of flowering plants (Angiosperms), thereby gaining access to an energy-rich source of food from the commonest type of plants. Micropterigid larvae are unique, so unlike the familiar caterpillars of other moths that even entomologists can be baffled as to what sort of insect they represent. In New Zealand, all but one of the jaw-moth caterpillars feed on liverworts.



New Zealand’s micropterigid moths are best described as little jewels of the insect world. With a size range from 5 to 12 mm wingspan, their wings shine with golden or purple iridescence as they flit about amongst ferns, low shrubs and sedges in shady places alongside tracks, forest roadways, and around the edge of forest clearings. They are recognisable from their metallic colouring and the tent-like position of the wings over the body. Their antennae are held more or less erect and diverging, and the head and thorax are exceptionally hairy. Identification of most New Zealand species can be made directly from their colour patterns.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 127


Dimensions: 180 x 242 mm


Publication Date: 29-07-2014


$59.00
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