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Arachnida and Myriapoda of the Seychelles Islands

Arachnida and Myriapoda of the Seychelles Islands

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by Justin Gerlach and Yuri Marusik (editors)

Siri Scientific Press (2010) 978-0-9558636-8-4 RRP £60.00

435 pp, 240 x 160 mm, 1500+ line drawings, 17 black and white photographs

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Reviews
Newsl. Brit. Arachnol. Soc.: This book is a comprehensive synopsis of all groups of Arachnida, including Acari, and Myriapoda recorded from the Seychelles. Overall, this volume has made a very good impression on me, and I wish to congratulate the authors and editors for such fine work. This impressive book, beyond doubt, constitutes a reliable source of taxonomic and faunistic information on the Seychelles arachnids and myriapods, being a must-have for anyone studying the African fauna and for all arachnological taxonomic libraries. I recommend this book to both amateur and professional arachnologists alike.

From the back cover
The Seychelles islands are biogeographically interesting, with ancient affinities to Africa and Asia, recent colonizing species from the Indo-Pacific and modern introductions. Until recently, relatively little was known about the biodiversity of the islands. This has changed through the publication of a series of monographs on the Seychelles fauna, presenting the latest information on all the terrestrial and freshwater animals of the islands. In this current volume on the Arachnida and Myriapoda of the Seychelles islands, 14 expert scientists from 11 different countries have provided contributions that cover all 433 species of spiders, scorpions, mites, centipedes, millipedes and related groups currently recorded from the islands. The volume includes a brief history of arachnid and myriapod collecting in the Seychelles islands and systematic keys, diagnostic illustrations and descriptions for most species, in addition to distribution records and assessments of species conservation status as defined by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Due to its specialized nature, this is a highly limited print run so make sure you order now while stock is available.

Contents
Abstract
Acknowledgements
Contributors
Introduction
History or arachnid and myriapod research in Seychelles
     (J. Gerlach & Y. Marusik)
Arachnida
     Classification of Seychelles arachnids (J. Gerlach & Y. Marusik)
     Araneae (M. Saaristo)
     Amblypygi (P. Weygoldt)
     Opiliones (J. Gerlach)
     Scorpiones (L. Prendini)
     Smaller arachnid orders (M. Harvey)
     Acari (J. Gerlach et al.; W. Niedbala))
Myriapoda
     Introduction to myriapod classes (J. Gerlach)
     Chilopoda
          Geophilomorpha (L. Bonato & A. Minelli)
          Lithobiomorpha & Scutigeromorpha (P. Stoev & J. Gerlach)
          Scolopendromorpha (J. Lewis)
     Diplopoda (S. Golovatch & J. Gerlach)
     Symphyla (J. Gerlach)
     Pauropoda (J. Gerlach)
Red listing
Index


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