n African Entomology - Arthropod Fauna of the UAE, Vol. 1, A. van Harten (Ed.) : book review

Volume 16, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-3589
  • Author M.H. Villet
  • Source : African Entomology, Volume 16, Issue 2, Sep 2008, p. 315 - 316
  • Accreditation : Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
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The first impression I had of this book was that it was physically weighty, and I soon realized that this was metaphorically true of its contents and production too. Printed on high-quality paper, the book is replete with exquisite colour photographs; even the endpapers are beautiful. The subject matter is the first publication of the UAE (United Arab Emirates) Insect Project, a complete inventory of the non-marine arthropods, instigated under the inspired patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tahoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. This ambitious project involves over 160 systematists from 27 countries, including a couple of South Africans, and is an exemplary contribution to the goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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