An ongoing investigation of the taxonomic limits of the Acanthaceae-feeding Pliomelaena group of genera of Tephritinae (= Platensinini of authors, in part: Hancock 2001), has revealed two Afro-tropical species currently placed in Stephanotrypeta Hendel that do not belong in that group. Both are referable to Terpnodesma Munro, a genus synonymized with Stephanotrypeta by Freidberg (1979) but transferred here to the Axiothauma group of genera.
This heavyweight book aims to provide a comprehensive account of the field and methods of palaeoentomology, focusing on the history of the true insects. It is the first attempt in English to cover such a broad scope within a single volume, and is certainly not merely an update of Carpenter's (1992) insect part of the 'Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology'.
There has recently been a surge in interest in palaeoentomology (witness the establishment of the International Palaeoentomological Society in 2001 at the second international congress devoted to the topic), and particularly the study of insect inclusions in amber from various parts of the world. Amber has, of course, long held a fascination for many people, primarily because of its attractiveness as a gemstone.
This book will interest advanced students and scientists specializing in tropical fruit crops with a focus on horticulture, pollination biology, entomology and especially pest management. The introductory chapter starts with an examination of global trends and statistics in tropical fruit production, and goes on to generalize about their biology.
Within six months of its release this book is sold out. This is testimony to both the utility and attractiveness of this superb field guide. Two well-known local entomologists, Mike Picker and Alan Weaving, have teamed up with Charlie Griffiths, who is better know for his work in marine invertebrates, to produce a gem which will enthrall both novices and experts.