Oxford University Press Small Freshwater Creatures
Date of last review
Tue 25, July, 2006
Average Purchase Price
100% of reviewers
This delightful book is one of the first three volumes of Oxford University Press's new Pocket Guide European natural history series. The series fills the need for lighter weight guides for those who want to find out about the common organisms they come across during countryside excursions without having the specialist knowledge required to make detailed species identifications. All the books in the series are attractively designed and generously illustrated with plentiful high quality colour line drawings and photographs throughout. The accompanying text is short but informative, with notes on general biology as well as on identification. Small Freshwater Creatures covers the more common 'creepy-crawlies', fish, and amphibians likely to be encountered by pond- and stream-dippers. They are arranged by animal group and also by the place they might be found, whether in on floating leaves or in the depths, in polluted or clean water. Sections on the animals' ecology, a glossary, and on further reading will allow the book to be used as a springboard for further study.
Readership: Families and anyone who has access to a stream or pond; schoolchildren and their teachers.
Moths, Caddis flies; Alder flies; Lacewings; Dragonflies; Mayflies; Stoneflies; Wasps; Flies; Midges and
Mosquitoes; Aphids; Cicadas; Grasshoppers; Water bugs; Beetles; Springtails; Water mites; Spiders; Crustaceans;
Daphnia; Water fleas; Ostracods; Bivalves; Snails; Flukes; Turbellaria; Leeches; Bristleworms; Coelenterates;
Amoebae and sun animalcules; Ciliates; Rotifers; Moss animals; Freshwater sponges; Fish; Frogs; Toads;
Salamanders; Snakes; Creatures on floating leaves; Creatures on the surface film; Creatures in puddles; Algae;
Food chain of a lake; Swarms; Creatures on stones in watercourses; Polluted watercourses; Glossary;
Supplementary reading; Index
Lars-Henrik Olsen and Bente Vita Pedersen
Number of Pages:
7 June 2001
Review Date: Tue 25, July, 2006
Would you recommend it? Yes |
Total Spent: £12.99| Rating: 9
Easy picture key.great illustrations .well bound
wets the interest and leads to the buying of more specialist books
This is a great I.D guide with clear illustrations from microscopic life to sticklebacks i like the easy use picture keys on the inside covers which take you straight to the appropriate page. The excellent illustrations have a short description of the creature and its lifestyle and habitat
One of the few picture guides to freshwater life i could find. Mine has been used for quick reference and has stood up to constant use from my children as well as me ,they like its ease of use. Dont go near the water without it. The other title in this series "Small woodland creatures" is also worth buying.