Originally titled Fauna of Saudi Arabia, this series is now titled Fauna of Arabia: A continuous series on the animal life of Arabia. Indispensable reference.
From the publisher's announcement:
Patron: H.R.H. Prince Saud Al-Faisal. Editors: Wilhelm Büttiker (†), Friedhelm Krupp, Iyad Nader, Wolfgang Schneider.
The Arabian Peninsula lies at the intersection of three major biogeographic realms: the Palaearctic to the north, the Afrotropical to the west, and the Oriental to the east. Its recent geological past and the great variety of ist landscapes and climates are reflected in a complex natural history and a rich, diverse and unique fauna. The seas surrounding Arabia are among the most important repositories of biological diversity on earth. Fauna of Arabia, a continuous series on terrestrial, limnetic and marine zoology of the Arabian Peninsula, publishes original articles in the field of systematics, taxonomy, faunistics, zoogeography, ecology and environmental conservation in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the U.A.E., Oman and Yemen. The series, which started as Fauna of Saudi Arabia, was renamed in 1998 and since volume 17 has continued as Fauna of Arabia to reflect its geographical coverage.
Since 1979, over 400 eminent specialists from all over the world have contributed to the series, which has published many taxonomic revisions, faunal lists, synonymies, identification keys and detailed descriptions. More than 1450 taxa new to science have been described in this comprehensive and up-to-date reference work. Printed on glossy paper, hardbound in cloth with dust cover, the series contains numerous high-quality black-and-white and colour illustrations. Fauna of Arabia is useful to a wide range of scientists and environmental decision-makers interested in Arabia's natural history. It stimulates scholars of systematic zoology, biogeography, dryland ecology, limnology, subtropical and tropical marine biology and provides an authoritative factual basis for the conservation of Arabia's unique fauna.