Center for Systematic Entomology, Gainesville, Florida


Date of this Version

December 1989


Published in Insecta Mundi Vol. 3, No. 4, December 1989. Copyright © 1989 Arnett, Jr.

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Under the skillful direction of Professor Dindal of Syracuse University, the work of 54 authors, 11 years in the making, is blended into one large, useful volume treating the systematics and biology of all organisms involved in the soil ecology of North America, north of Mexico. The separate authors treat their special groups following a similar format throughout, covering the biology, taxonomy, and ecology of each soil biotic group. The amount of data presented varies with the extent of knowledge of the group treated. The 43 chapters cover all taxa from soil bacteria through the insects. The insects are covered in 384 pages.

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