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Includes all species known from South America by the end of the 1990s and permits a state-of-the-art identification to species. In the case of specimens belonging to undescribed species or those not previously reported from South America, it permits identification to genus or family and gives the reader reasonable certainty that his specimen does not belong to the known fauna of the continent. The keys are richly illustrated to permit non-specialists in the group to identify specimens reliably. Taxonomic revisions are intentionally avoided, but doubtful taxa are so designated in the key.
From the reviews: "This book, already issued in 2001, is the first in a series of identification keys of South American insects limited to continental South America and the offshore islands found in a variety of 'aquatic habitats' (in, on, near water etc) treating the Collembola. The series is obviously directed to the practician. ! we have to thank the author for this compilation. Its usefulness has to be proved by practice." (Hartmut Greven, Entomologia Generalis, Vol. 30 (1), 2007)
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