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Handbuch Der Zoologie

Nature volume 143, pages 701702 (29 April 1939) | Download Citation



THE parts of this publication now under review A complete the three volumes devoted to the Insecta, which comprise 2,756 pages of text and additional pages, and 2,785 figures, all of high merit. The various orders, of which thirty-three are recognized, are dealt with in a remarkably uniform manner considering the different authors involved. Each starts with a short general account including a definition and a historical note. Then follows the morphology of imagines, larvae and pupae, after which comes the detailed anatomy, with some reference to the physiology of the various systems, commencing with the integument and ending with the reproductive system. Problems of general interest such as the biology, phylogeny, geographical distribution, palaeontology, etc., precede the concluding and often most extensive part, the classification. In the latter, extensive and practical keys are provided. These are most useful since they cover the order as an entirety as it is now known and hence avoid the pitfalls of keys that are drawn up for a particular region where an order may be incompletely represented.

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