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.
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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