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A New General Catalogue of the Ants of the Worldby Barry Bolton
Synopses & Reviews
"A name is forever, or at least as long as taxonomy continues," Barry Bolton writes, and here are all the names, antique and modern, of all the ants that are or ever were--from the arctic to the tropical, the fossilized to the living, the mislabeled to the newly christened members of the family Formicidae. For every name that has ever been applied to ants, the book supplies a history and an account of current usage, together with a fully documented indication of the present-day classification. Its comprehensive bibliography provides references to original description, synonymy, homonymy, changes in rank, status, and availability, and alterations in generic status.
Organized by family group, genus group, and species group, this meticulously detailed but easily used volume is the ultimate resource for myrmecology. Along with Bolton's Identification Guide to the Ant Genera of the World, it will be the essential reference for anyone, expert or amateur, with an interest in ants.
Book News Annotation:
Taxonomists need access to the relevant decisions made in the past in order to assess them and avoid transmitting errors and misinterpretations; catalogues serve to show this information at a glance. This volume attempts to catalogue all the ants of the world, including the fossil forms, since 1893. (The ant volumes in the authoritative Genera Insectorum series were published between 1910 and 1925, and much has happened in myrmecology since then, making that series outdated for modern needs.) Each entry provides a taxonomic history of the name in question and records all changes of combination and status as well as indications of synonymy and homonymy.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Barry Bolton, now retired, is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and Myrmecologist, Biodiversity Division, Department of Entomology, The Natural History Museum, London.
Table of Contents
Checklist of Fossil Taxa
Catalogue of Family-Group (Suprageneric) Taxa
Catalogue of Genus-Group Taxa
Catalogue of Species-Group Taxa
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