2013, English, Book, Illustrated edition: Living waters : ecology of animals in swamps, rivers, lakes and dams / Nick Romanowski. Romanowski, Nick, 1954-, (author.)

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Living waters : ecology of animals in swamps, rivers, lakes and dams / by Nick Romanowski
 
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Physical Description
  • x, 292 pages : colour illustrations ; 25 cm.
Published
  • Collingwood, Vic. CSIRO Publishing, [2013].
Language
  • English

Edition details

Title
  • Living waters : ecology of animals in swamps, rivers, lakes and dams /‚Äč Nick Romanowski.
Also Titled
  • Ecology of animals in swamps, rivers, lakes and dams.
Author
  • Romanowski, Nick, 1954-, (author.)
Other Authors
  • CSIRO (publisher.)
Published
  • Collingwood, Vic. CSIRO Publishing, [2013].
Content Types
  • still image
  • text
Carrier Types
  • volume
Physical Description
  • x, 292 pages : colour illustrations ; 25 cm.
Subjects
Target Audience
  • Adult
Summary
  • Wetlands are often seen as the ultimate symbol of beauty and tranquillity, their clear waters sheltering mysterious animals in a world where change is gentle and slow, from dragonflies skimming above their own reflections to the fishes glimpsed briefly below. Yet Australian wetlands are among the most varied and changeable habitats found anywhere, and the many creatures that live out their lives in and around water are superbly adapted to some of the most unpredictable ecosystems in the world.This book follows the diverse common themes and patterns that link inland waters from Tasmania to the to the tropics. It shows how cycles of change, the ways that different wetland animals travel through and between wetlands, and the interactions of the animals themselves create an ever-changing ecological kaleidoscope. Drawing on what is known of the biology, ecology and even the genetics of many of the most abundant, widespread and successful groups of animals, the author shows similarities to wetlands in other parts of the world, as well as some of the more extreme environments and specialised animals that are unique to this continent. Far more than a natural history, Living Waters explains the underlying forces that drive ecological change and movement in Australian wetlands, from the particular needs and habits of some specialised waterbirds to swarms of dragonflies and damselflies that may flourish for a few months before disappearing for years, and fishes found gasping in drying pools far from the nearest permanent water just hours after a desert deluge.
Contents
  • Machine generated contents note: pt. 1 The diversity of wetland animals
  • ch. 1 Invertebrates: the crustaceans
  • Copepods
  • Plants: phytoplankton and zooplankton
  • Other smaller crustaceans
  • Crayfishes, shrimps and crabs
  • Moulting and growth
  • ch. 2 Invertebrates: the insects
  • The insect body plan
  • Wetland insects: the major groups
  • Emergence of a dragonfly
  • Metamorphosis
  • ch. 3 Other invertebrate players
  • Miniscule worlds
  • Molluscs
  • The nature of water: O2, CO2 and breathing
  • Worms, leeches, sponges and jellyfish
  • Spiders and mites
  • Parasites and other strange life forms
  • ch. 4 Fishes
  • Moving between the sea and fresh waters
  • Finding your way in murky waters
  • The diversity of native freshwater fishes
  • Human impacts: introduced fishes
  • ch. 5 Frogs, reptiles and mammals
  • The life cycles of frogs
  • Wetland frogs
  • Freshwater turtles
  • Lizards, snakes and crocodiles
  • Human impacts: alien amphibians ... and a reptile
  • Mammals
  • Contents note continued: Origins: Gondwanaland and Asia
  • ch. 6 Waterbirds
  • The migratory urge
  • Human impacts: waterbirds, environmental flows and agriculture
  • Eggs, nests and later problems
  • The diversity of wetland birds
  • Australian pelicans
  • Inland shorebirds and seabirds
  • pt. 2 Living with change
  • ch. 7 Making the most of change
  • Small worlds
  • Crabs and crayfishes
  • Plants: paperbarks and water-ribbons
  • Frogs
  • Fishes
  • Birds
  • Human impacts: drainage
  • ch. 8 Moving on
  • Fishes and the upstream urge
  • Origins: moving inland from the sea
  • Overland or by air
  • Insects
  • Waterbirds
  • moulting and migration
  • Human impacts: climate change
  • ch. 9 Rebirth of a lake
  • Drought and the new millennium
  • Plants: movement
  • Returning waters
  • The feathered hordes
  • Lake Corangamite
  • ch. 10 Predator and prey
  • What it takes to be a predator
  • Hidden predators
  • arthropods
  • Fishes as predators and prey
  • Waterbirds as predators
  • Contents note continued: Crocodiles
  • Human impacts: hunting, fishing and aquaculture
  • pt. 3 Ecology: fitting into your environment
  • ch. 11 High and low places
  • Water flowing underground
  • Carnivorous plants
  • Where the salt goes
  • Troglodytes
  • ch. 12 Streams, brooks and fast rivers
  • On higher ground
  • Staying put in moving waters
  • Spiny crayfishes
  • Fishes and fast streams
  • Galaxiids: cryptic diversity in the south
  • Frogs and reptiles
  • ch. 13 Slow rivers in an ancient land
  • Plants: river red gum
  • Fishes of the inland rivers
  • Turtles and invertebrates ... but few frogs
  • Waterbirds: drifters and stayers
  • Human impacts: why the bunyip disappeared
  • ch. 14 Floodplains, billabongs and backwaters
  • Human impacts: weeds
  • Insects and crustaceans
  • Fishes, frogs and reptiles
  • Rainbowfishes: flamboyant diversity in the north
  • ch. 15 Marshes and swamps
  • Swamp plants: diversity and interactions
  • Plants: sedges, reeds and rushes
  • Contents note continued: Invertebrate lifestyles
  • The nature of water: surface tension
  • Frogs, tadpoles and waterbirds
  • ch. 16 Freshwater lakes, lagoons and other dark waters
  • The nature of water: black waters
  • peat and tannins
  • Fishes and frogs
  • Waterbirds and platypus: guides to hidden worlds
  • ch. 17 Estuaries, mangroves and saltmarshes
  • Plants: saltmarsh and mangroves
  • Shifting lives in estuaries
  • Fishes of estuaries and streams
  • Origins: gobies (and gudgeons)
  • Reptiles and fishes in the north
  • Other coastal wetlands
  • ch. 18 New opportunities: dams and other created wetlands
  • What wetland animals need
  • Attracting waterbirds
  • Fishes and frogs: finding a balance
  • Hidden worlds
  • Created wetlands and habitat.
Notes
  • Wetlands are often seen as the ultimate symbol of beauty and tranquillity, their clear waters sheltering mysterious animals in a world where change is gentle and slow, from dragonflies skimming above their own reflections to the fishes glimpsed briefly below. Yet Australian wetlands are among the most varied and changeable habitats found anywhere, and the many creatures that live out their lives in and around water are superbly adapted to some of the most unpredictable ecosystems in the world. This book follows the diverse common themes and patterns that link inland waters from Tasmania to the tropics. It shows how cycles of change, the ways that different wetland animals travel through and between wetlands, and the interactions of the animals themselves create an ever-changing ecological kaleidoscope. Drawing on what is known of the biology, ecology and even the genetics of many of the most abundant, widespread and successful groups of animals, the author shows similarities to wetlands in other parts of the world, as well as some of the more extreme environments and specialised animals that are unique to this continent. Far more than a natural history, Living Waters explains the underlying forces that drive ecological change and movement in Australian wetlands, from the particular needs and habits of some specialised waterbirds to swarms of dragonflies and damselflies that may flourish for a few months before disappearing for years, and fishes found gasping in drying pools far from the nearest permanent water just hours after a desert deluge.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-276) and index.
Language
  • English
ISBN
  • 9780643107564 (paperback)
Dewey Number
  • 333.9180994
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