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Die Libellenfauna Sachsens [The dragonfly Fauna of Saxony]

Flora / Fauna

By: Thomas Brockhaus (Editor), Uwe Fischer (Editor)

400 pages, 300+ colour photos, b/w illustrations, tables

Natur + Text

Hardback | Dec 2005 | #190279 | ISBN: 3981005805
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About this book

Language: German

In Germany, 80 dragonfly species have been recorded – 68 of which are found only in Saxony. The dragonflies are evolutionarily a very ancient group of insects. They are an important indicator group for nature conservation and as such very topical . On the one hand they are secretive colonizers of water habitats, on the other hand they are striking creatures of the skies with differentiated demands on their terrestrial habitats, which gives us information about the complex interrelationships in nature. Moreover, individual dragonfly species are endangered by a variety of habitat changes. Thus they are increasingly included in active efforts to protect habitat and species. However, a prerequisite for effective protection is a comprehensive knowledge of the distribution of species depending on the natural conditions and on the species-specific demands on the respective habitats.

Summary in German:
Für Deutschland sind 80 Libellenarten nachgewiesen – davon finden sich allein 68 in Sachsen. Die Libellen sind entwicklungsgeschichtlich eine sehr alte Insektengruppe. Sie besitzen als wichtige Indikatorgruppe für den Naturschutz eine hohe Aktualität. Einerseits als versteckt lebende Besiedler von Wasserlebensräumen, andererseits als auffällige Lebewesen der Lüfte mit differenzierten Ansprüchen an ihre Landlebensräume geben sie uns Auskunft über komplexe Zusammenhänge in der Natur. Darüber hinaus sind einzelne Libellenarten in ihrem Bestand durch vielfältige Lebensraumveränderungen gefährdet. Damit rücken sie zunehmend in den Blick aktiver Bemühungen um den Lebensraum- und Artenschutz. Voraussetzung für einen wirksamen Schutz ist jedoch ein umfassendes Wissen über die Verbreitung der Arten in Abhängigkeit von den naturräumlichen Gegebenheiten sowie über die artspezifischen Ansprüche an die jeweiligen Lebensräume.

"This comprehensive work on the odon. fauna of Saxony, Germany (68 ssp.) is organised into 5 main chapters; the texts were contributed by 24, and over 300 colored illustrations by 28 authors. In the intoductory general part (pp. 14– 50), the chapters on the odon. evolution and general distribution history, and on the history of odonatol. investigations in Saxony are of particular interest. The main part of the book (pp. 52– 301) deals with the Saxonian spp.

For each sp. there are paragraphs on historical faunistics, current distribution, threats and the required conservation measures, brief descriptions of the adult and larva, habitat and biology. Portraits, distribution maps, vertical distribution graphs and phenology graphs are provided for all ssp. In the concluding chapters, reviews are given of the odon. faunae of various topographic regions, the general conservation aspects are dealt with in some detail, and a glossary and an exhaustive regional bibliography are provided.

This is a monumental work, the importance of which extends far beyond the political boundaries of Saxony. For the careful and concise presentation, wealth of well-organised information and, last but not least, for the exceptionally well-selected and presented illustrations, the book ranks in the very top of the European regional odonatol. literature."
Odonatologica, Journal of the Societas Internationalis Odonatologica S.I.O. Vol. 35, No. 1, March 1, 2006)

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