More than a natural history, this book explains the underlying forces that drive ecological change and movement in Australian wetlands.
Cover; Living waters; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part 1 The diversity of wetland animals; 1 Invertebrates: the crustaceans; Copepods; Other smaller crustaceans; Crayfishes, shrimps and crabs; 2 Invertebrates: the insects; The insect body plan; Wetland insects: the major groups; 3 Other invertebrate players; Miniscule worlds; Molluscs; Worms, leeches, sponges and jellyfish; Spiders and mites; 4 Fishes; Moving between the sea and fresh waters; The diversity of native freshwater fishes; 5 Frogs, reptiles and mammals; The life cycles of frogs; Wetland frogs; Freshwater turtles.
Lizards, snakes and crocodilesMammals; 6 Waterbirds; The migratory urge; Eggs, nests and later problems; The diversity of wetland birds; Inland shorebirds and seabirds; Part 2 Living with change; 7 Making the most of change; Small worlds; Crabs and crayfishes; Frogs; Fishes; Birds; 8 Moving on; Fishes and the upstream urge; Overland or by air; Insects; Waterbirds - moulting and migration; 9 Rebirth of a lake; Drought and the new millennium; Returning waters; The feathered hordes; 10 Predator and prey; What it takes to be a predator; Hidden predators - arthropods; Fishes as predators and prey.
Waterbirds as predatorsCrocodiles; Part 3 Ecology: fitting into your environment; 11 High and low places; Water flowing underground; Where the salt goes; 12 Streams, brooks and fast rivers; On higher ground; Spiny crayfishes; Fishes and fast streams; Frogs and reptiles; 13 Slow rivers in an ancient land; Fishes of the inland rivers; Turtles and invertebrates … but few frogs; Waterbirds: drifters and stayers; 14 Floodplains, billabongs and backwaters; Insects and crustaceans; Fishes, frogs and reptiles; Waterbirds; 15 Marshes and swamps; Swamp plants: diversity and interactions.
Invertebrate lifestylesFrogs, tadpoles and waterbirds; 16 Freshwater lakes, lagoons and other dark waters; Fishes and frogs; Waterbirds and platypus: guides to hidden worlds; 17 Estuaries, mangroves and saltmarshes; Shifting lives in estuaries; Fishes of estuaries and streams; Reptiles and fishes in the north; Other coastal wetlands; 18 New opportunities: dams and other created wetlands; Attracting waterbirds; Fishes and frogs: finding a balance; Hidden worlds; Glossary; Further reading; Invertebrates; Fishes; Useful websites; Reptiles and amphibians; Mammals; Birds; Plants.
Guide to common and scientific names used in this bookIndex.
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