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Ants of North America: A Guide to the Genera Paperback – November 2, 2007
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"Two of the most prolific ant faunists have produced a marvelous taxonomic guide to the ant genera of North America. The keys and genus descriptions are succinct and easy to read, the illustrations superb. This book is a must for entomologists, ecologists, and particularly all who study ants."Bert Hölldobler, Foundation Professor of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
"This book represents a bold advance in the study of North American ants. It provides, for the first time, an accessible and lavishly illustrated guide to all the ant genera occurring in the United States and Canada. It will greatly enhance both public interest in ants and scientific investigation of their ecology, behavior and evolution."Philip S. Ward, Department of Entomology and Center for Population Biology, University of California at Davis
Top Customer Reviews
We have long needed a book such as Brian Fisher and Stefan Cover have produced in "Ants of North America: A Guide to the Genera". Among other things the photos of actual specimens are a great help in determining the genera (and in some cases sub-genera) that anyone might encounter in a backyard or in the wild. The keys are both very good and well illustrated. A good hand lens will be sufficient with many, but the size of some requires a good binocular dissecting microscope (one reason that ants are less popular than butterflies, dragonflies or even moths). Still both professional entomologists and serious amateurs will find this book very useful as a first step in the identification of the ant fauna.
Because I am a professional biologist and an entomologist I found that, although I do not know the authors, I do know at least six of the people listed in the acknowledgements - such is the small size of the entomological community.
I recommend this book highly and only wish that something like it was available when I was becoming interested in the tiny life around us.
Combining straightforward identification keys that contain excellent line drawings of pertinent ant features with April Nobile's detailed automontage pictures, this publication functions both as a "working book" and a page-by-page display of the true beauty and diversity of these ants.
The alphabetical method of ordering the genera descriptions is also to be saluted. As the subfamily level gets re-shuffled over the years, the alphabet stays the same, and so provides a user-friendly way to thumb through the genera.
All of the genus listings contain both a head-on and lateral picture of the ant, along with diagnostic remarks and brief distribution and ecological information.
This book belongs on the bookshelf and lab workbench of every myrmecologist, and certainly any ecologist that works within the conservation field performing biodiversity surveys. It has been said that you cannot begin to understand the species you are trying to preserve if you cannot identify them, and so this book will allow any ecologist with basic entomology skills the ability to identify, as E.O. Wilson describes ants, the "little things that run the world."
It is full of excellent illustrations and intuitive couplets, but aving said that, this book deals only with genera found in the USA, not whole North America.
The first part of the book is the dichotomous key, whereas the second part describes each genus in detail (ecology, morphological characteristics, the most recent literature dealing with that genus, etc.)
The authors have even managed to squeeze in a couple of (ant) jokes and funny anecdotes into this part of the text.
The last part of the book contains the list of all known species in North America.
The authors have made one mistake that I am aware of, and that is on page 111, where they state that genus Monomorium has 11 antennal segmnents while they actually have 12.
Dawn F (NC)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent coverage of the subject. Presented in a readable fashion. Very good illustrations and photos. Just what I wanted.Published 10 months ago by Douglas Garey
Written in a friendly and conversational style but not dumbed down. Extremely detailed and intriguing images, now any self directed naturalist can ID any ant to genus, the book... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Shrike
Excellent Key to North American Ants, It cuts to the chase, so to speak.Published 17 months ago by William C. Denni
This helps fill a niche in my library and will definitely make ant identification much easier. I'm going to look over some of my old specimens and check ID accuracy.Published on August 31, 2013 by craig sondergaard
The best information about ants in the world. I got my degree in Entomology at UCD and know the information is right on.Published on July 29, 2013 by Diana DeSoto
I wish I had this book 20 (even 50) years ago. Even though I am a Master Naturalist, I have just recently realized how important ants are both around home (sometimes a pest) and on... Read morePublished on July 18, 2013 by Troy Mullens
I am ecstatic to have received my book in the mail. I expected it to be bigger but am delighted that I'll have no issue whatsoever carrying it around with me in the field. Read morePublished on April 4, 2011 by AgressiveInlienrs
This book is an excellent on-the-go resource for identifying ants. However, some of the identification terminology is rather vexing, especially in the case of amateur... Read morePublished on January 13, 2011 by Endagr8