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Fauna of New Zealand 67 : Peloridiidae

ISBN: 9780478347302

Author: M-C Larivière    Publisher: Manaaki Whenua Press

The family Peloridiidae or moss bugs are primitive members of the insect order Hemiptera. Often called ‘living fossils’, peloridiids belong to the suborder ...


The family Peloridiidae or moss bugs are primitive members of the insect order Hemiptera. Often called ‘living fossils’, peloridiids belong to the suborder Coleorrhyncha and live in the wet moss of temperate and subantarctic rainforests. Seventeen genera and 36 species are known from Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, New Caledonia, and eastern Australia.



New Zealand can be regarded as a biodiversity ‘hotspot’ for these insects: the three genera and 13 New Zealand species are endemic, meaning they do not occur anywhere else. New Zealand has the most diversified fauna at the species level, with 36% of all world species in this group of special significance for the Southern Hemisphere, with evolutionary roots dating back to the break-up of Gondwana. Moss bugs have hardened forewings and all New Zealand species lack hind wings, so are flightless, which makes them an ideal model group to test Gondwanan biogeographic hypotheses.



This Fauna offers a concise review of this ‘iconic’ Gondwanan group, reconciling results published by Burckhardt (2009) and Burckhardt et al. (2011) with a study of specimens contained in New Zealand entomological collections and museums. This faunal review aims to provide an inventory of New Zealand taxa, a concise treatment of their taxonomy, identification keys to genera and species, and a summary of information available on species distribution and biology.


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Pages: 78


Publication Date: 04-03-2014


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Fauna of New Zealand 66 : Diaspididae

ISBN: 9780478347265

Author: R Henderson    Publisher: Manaaki Whenua Press

The armoured scale insect family Diaspididae is one of ten families of plant-sucking scale insects present in New Zealand, and this family has three unique feat...


The armoured scale insect family Diaspididae is one of ten families of plant-sucking scale insects present in New Zealand, and this family has three unique features. The first feature is that the stomach of armoured scale insects is not directly connected to the hind gut, so they do not produce honeydew; the second is their armour or scale cover, in which they incorporate the cast skins of their juvenile moults; and the third feature is the fused segments of the posterior part of the abdomen called the pygidium.



In this Fauna the adult females of all 49 species of Diaspididae known from New Zealand, except the Leucaspidini, are described and illustrated. Four new genera and seven new species are described, and nomenclatural changes are noted. The 1st- and 2nd-instar nymphs of all the endemic species and of four Australian species that are of systematic interest are also described and illustrated. Keys to allow separation of adult females of all genera and species are included.



Additional features of this Fauna include: a brief review of earlier work on the Diaspididae in New Zealand; discussion of the biology and life cycle, scale cover formation, natural enemies, distribution, host plant associations including galls, and economic importance; a guide to methods for slide-mounting Diaspididae as used in the NZ Arthropod Collection.


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Pages: 275


Publication Date: 04-03-2014


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Fauna of New Zealand 48 : Scaphidiinae

ISBN: 9780478093537

Author: Ivan Lobl    Publisher: Manaaki Whenua Press

There are about 1400 species of Scaphidiine beetles worldwide. Robust beetles, generally black in colour and shiny, their interesting body form, morphology and...


There are about 1400 species of Scaphidiine beetles worldwide. Robust beetles, generally black in colour and shiny, their interesting body form, morphology and biology make this group one of the more intrinsically interesting members of Staphylinidae. Although their relatives are predatory, all scaphidiines feed on fungus and often have very well defined host-use patterns. New Zealand is particularly important to the development of a stable classification for the entire world fauna, because it contains some of the most primitive members of the group.



In this contribution, the 23 species of New Zealand’s fauna are revised and illustrated, with one genus and 15 species described as new. A key to the species is provided, as are diagnoses for the genera, including larval information where available. Distribution and other biological information is summarised for each species.



Twenty-one of the 23 New Zealand species are endemic. While some species are widespread throughout the country, others are more regionally distributed. About half are flightless and lack well-developed hind wings for flight. Most species are mainly forest dwelling and are collected by leaf litter sifting or by hand collecting from host fungi. Rarely collected species may be indicative of certain microhabitats that are threatened or rare.


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Pages: 94


Publication Date: 28-02-2014


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Fauna of New Zealand 47 : Erotylidae

ISBN: 9780478093506

Author: Richard Leschen    Publisher: Manaaki Whenua Press

This contribution treats the nine species of the New Zealand Erotylidae, a small family considering there are approximately 3500 species worldwide. In New Zeala...


This contribution treats the nine species of the New Zealand Erotylidae, a small family considering there are approximately 3500 species worldwide. In New Zealand there has been little research into this family of beetles, perhaps because they tend to be mostly small and brown, though elsewhere they can be big and beautiful.



Part of this contribution proposes an amended classification for the world fauna of Erotylidae, by erecting two new tribes, describing two new genera, and making changes to generic status and family placement. How the New Zealand members of Erotylidae fit into this new classification is of primary importance for understanding the origins of our local fauna and how they relate to other erotylids. It also considers the phylogenetic or family relationships which the New Zealand species have with erotylid beetles throughout the rest of the world, such as Australia, New Caledonia, South America, and possibly South Africa.



The family can be easily separated from other groups, but a microscope will be necessary to discriminate these species from similar families such as Cryptophagidae. The identification keys which are supplied with this Fauna will help. The species are not difficult to identify, some having distinctive colour patterns that make for easy recognition. New Zealand’s fauna reflects the mixture of feeding types which make up the erotylid family, some feeding on fungus, others on plants and the remainder being scavengers feeding on plant and fungus tissues.



Annotated keys to the higher taxa and genera of all subfamilies except Erotylinae and Languriini are provided and biological information, including cycad feeding and mycophagy, is summarised.


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Pages: 108


Publication Date: 28-02-2014


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Soil Description Handbook

ISBN: 9780478045499

Author: J Milne    Publisher: Manaaki Whenua Press

The Soil Description Handbook provides standardised methods and defined terminology for the description of soil and site features in New Zealand. The scheme is ...


The Soil Description Handbook provides standardised methods and defined terminology for the description of soil and site features in New Zealand. The scheme is a comprehensive description system, that can also be used for recording a more limited range of soil and site data.



This revised edition includes minor amendments and additions, based mainly on recommendations by New Zealand pedologists involved in soil description or in teaching.



New tables, figures, and flow diagrams are included, and the horizon notation system for New Zealand soils has been added as an appendix.



The handbook has been specifically designed for the storage of soil information in computer databases. To this end, reference code sheets and soil description cards are included in a pocket in the back of the book.


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Pages: 157


Publication Date: 10-02-2014


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Fauna of New Zealand 34 : Anthicidae

ISBN: 9780478045475

Author: F Werner    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: 64


Publication Date: 10-02-2014


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Land Use Capability Classification of the Marlborough Region

ISBN: 9780478045413

Author: I Lynn    Publisher: Manaaki Whenua Press

Landcare Research Science Series No. 12



This report is one of a series documenting the New Zealand Land Resource Inventory (NZLRI); a p...


Landcare Research Science Series No. 12



This report is one of a series documenting the New Zealand Land Resource Inventory (NZLRI); a physical resource inventory for land management and land-use planning. It describes the Land Use Capability (LUC) for the second-edition NZLRI (1:50 000 scale) for the Marlborough region.



The report provides keys to the recognition of 154 LUC units established for the region, and includes a detailed description of each LUC unit, outlining its physiography, rock types, soils, erosion status and potential, vegetation, agricultural and forestry productivity, and present and potential land use.


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Pages: 222


Publication Date: 10-02-2014


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Fauna of New Zealand 33 : Moranilini

ISBN: 9780478045383

Author: J Berry    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. On-line extracts of ...


The Fauna of New Zealand series has been widely acclaimed for its role in presenting New Zealand's unique invertebrate fauna to the world. On-line extracts of this edition are available.


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Pages: 82


Publication Date: 10-02-2014


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Ecosystem Services in New Zealand

ISBN: 9780478347364

Author: John Dymond Ed.    Publisher: Manaaki Whenua Press

Management of New Zealand's environment needs to be based on sound knowledge.
Natural resource managers and policy makers now have at their fingertips the...


Management of New Zealand's environment needs to be based on sound knowledge.
Natural resource managers and policy makers now have at their fingertips the first comprehensive assessment of the state of ecosystem services - the benefits people obtain from nature - in this country.
More than 100 of New Zealand's leading scientists and academics have penned the 36 chapter for the new 540-page book.
Ecosystem services are categorised as 'provisioning', such as food, timber and freshwater; 'regulating', such as air quality, climate and pest regulation; 'cultural' such as recreation and sense of belonging; and 'supporting', such as soil quality and natural habitat resistance to weeds.
Editor John Dymond says the book was produced to improve understanding of the functioning of New Zealand's ecosystems.
Watch a video about the book here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh8yiLAZULE&list=UUM2UxABcyNTxMiIQNXgvNMg&feature=c4-overview


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Pages: 540


Dimensions: 210 x 297 mm


Publication Date: 31-01-2014


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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
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