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  • ISBN: 9780125455558
  • ISBN10: 0125455550

The Butterflies of Papua New Guinea Their Systematics and Biology

by Michael Parsons

  • List Price: $195.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 11/01/1998
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Description: The butterflies of New Guinea show how single animal group can diversify to fully exploit the riches of a tropical rainforest environment. More than 958 species have been recorded so far, and each has developed a unique relationship to its environment, foodplants, predators, and competitors. The Butterflies of Papua New Guinea: Their Systematics and Biology presents a valuable reference for both the amateur naturalist with an interest in butterflies and the evolutionary ecologist interested in the processes and results of adaptation and speciation.

The book provides a background of the geography of New Guinea, the origins and characteristics of its butterfly fauna, and special considerations of New Guinea butterfly ecology and conservation. The 820 species recorded from Papua New Guinea and a checklist of the 958 species occurring in Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya as a whole are also discussed in detail. This book includes line drawings showing detailed identification points, color photographs of some 3000 specimens, and over 400 color photographs detailing aspects of life history and ecology.

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