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Projected series of ten guides, which contain identification keys to most of the fresh- and brackish-water invertebrates found in Southern Africa. Their publication arises from a WRC project entitled: The Invertebrates of South Africa - Identification Keys, and was motivated by the scarcity of identification guides suitable for use by both specialists and non-specialists.
The principal aim of the series is a synthesis of the existing knowledge on the identification of freshwater invertebrates into a standard format that is accessible to users who wish to identify taxa beyond their field of expertise.
The geographic region covered by this guide is southern Africa, here defined as south of an including the Cunene Catchment in the west and the Zambezi Catchment in the east. Distribution records from further afield are sometimes included for various reasons, particularly in cases where keys to particular groups have historically been composed to cover a wider region in Africa.