The first broad overview of conservation needs of Australia's largely endemic freshwater insects, drawing on examples and information from many parts of the world to illustrate and develop needs and practical prospects for conservation in inland water environments. The wide variety of those environments in Australia and their diverse insect inhabitants – many of them highly localised and ecologically specialised and vulnerable – and threats to them is illustrated. Case histories demonstrate the different aspects of practical conservation management that may be possible in different contexts, and numerous references facilitate understanding by non-specialist readers and non-entomologist conservation managers and practitioners.
1. Introduction: aquatic insects in Australia's environments
2. Major habitats
3. Australian inland waters
4. Monitoring freshwater macroinvertebrates
5. Threats: the background variations in condition
6. Major imposed threats
7. Macroinvertebrates of inland waters
8. Insects of Australia's inland waters
9. Australia's flagship freshwater insects
10. Ecology and management
Emeritus Professor Tim New is an entomologist with broad interests in insect systematics, ecology and conservation. For long based at LaTrobe University, Melbourne, he has travelled widely to collect and study insects in many parts of the world, and his extensive publications on these topics include about 45 books. He is recognized globally as one of the leading advocates for insect conservation.