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The Other Lepidoptera Moth Conservation in Australia

By: Tim R New(Author)
227 pages, 7 colour & 27 b/w illustrations
Publisher: Springer Nature
The Other Lepidoptera
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  • The Other Lepidoptera ISBN: 9783031321023 Hardback Jul 2023 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1-2 weeks
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Conservation interest in moths, by far the predominant components of Lepidoptera, lags far behind that for butterflies, for which conservation practice provides many well-established lessons for the extension to their near relatives. The needs of moths are at least as great, but their greater richness and variety, and far poorer documentation of diversity and biology over much of the world contribute to this lack of attention. Australia's rich moth fauna, largely endemic and of global interest, illustrates many of the problems of developing wider interest and support for moth conservation. Numerous species (perhaps half the total fauna) are undescribed, and many are ecological specialists in restricted and vulnerable environments over small parts of the continent. Establishing their conservation status and needs whilst accepting that foundation knowledge is highly incomplete and much species-focused conservation is impracticable provides complex problems in setting priorities, based largely on wider diversity and effective advocacy.

Most Australian vegetation systems, from grassland to forest and from sea-level to alpine zones, have been eroded in extent and quality since European settlement, resulting in massive habitat changes for native insects and leaving fragmented (and commonly degraded) remnants in which moths and others may persist. Recent surveys continue to increase recorded moth richness, reveal local faunal peculiarities, and indicate how assemblage changes may mirror wider environmental changes. This book is an overview of advances in documenting and interpreting moth diversity and ecology, to show how information from better-studied moth faunas can help in planning the conservation of Australia's moths through measures such as understanding the moths themselves by increased surveys and study, the factors influencing their diversity and wellbeing, and how such threats may be countered through increased coordinated conservation interest, commitment and management.

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Prof. Tim New is an entomologist with broad interests in systematics, ecology and conservation, and has published extensively in these areas.  He is acknowledged widely as a leading advocate for insect conservation, and his books include several dealing with the conservation of Lepidoptera. He is a past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Insect Conservation and past Regional Editor of Biological Conservation, and has received several prestigious awards for his insect conservation work.

By: Tim R New(Author)
227 pages, 7 colour & 27 b/w illustrations
Publisher: Springer Nature
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