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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Pelagic Publishing Ltd; 1 edition (12 July 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907807608
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907807602
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 0.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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An execellent identifaction key for the amateur and professional myrmecologist alike with simple but definitive keys, with even a shortened 'Bluffers Guide' key for the field researcher for quick, but general, identifiacation. The introduction to ant ecology provides a sound base from which any amateur may easily gain further insight and have a greater appreciation for the world of our native ant fauna. This combined with the habitat index for each species, allows the individual, with relative ease, to locate and identify any ant within the U.K..
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I wanted a book that would enable me to separate the British Formicidae, in order to make ecological observations, and this is exactly what I got. Its use as a *field* guide is probably limited, although you should be able to distinguish some larger species (such as Formicinae) in the field using a good hand lens. For most, the authors recommend a low-power dissecting microscope.

The book includes good illustrated keys for workers and both male and female reproductives, with a glossary to start the amateur off at a good pace. Colour plates show some Formica and Myrmica species, as well as a few others, and greyscale plates show many reproductives.

I think the only thing that might have improved this would be good colour plates for all those species that could be identified in the field (such as the aforementioned Formicinae: I found the incomplete nature of this to be a not-insurmountable nuisance, using a hand lens and looking at the heads).

The book begins with a properly referenced overview of ant biology and ecology, and ends with a look at the study of ants, both in the field and in formicaria. There are also distribution notes for those species likely to be encountered in Britain (although I would recommend cross-referencing with the NBN databases and reporting colonies appropriately, especially with climate change starting to bite).

The book fits in the pocket of my hiking trousers or in the top pocket of a rucksack.

All in all, a great book for the amateur. If you want a book to get you started on identifying, understanding and studying British ants, this is it.
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Very interesting book for the amateur naturalist, lots of useful and interesting information on British Ants. Pictures good - as mentioned by other reviewers would have been nice if more of the plates were in colour - if it had been I would have given it 5 stars. However the information in the book should prove good enough for identification of any UK ant found. Reasonably portable size. Pleased with purchase
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