The Handbook of Australasian Biogeography is the most comprehensive overview of the biogeography of Australasian plants, fungi and animal taxa in a single volume. This volume is unique in its coverage of marine, freshwater, terrestrial, and subterranean taxa. It is an essential publication for anyone studying or researching Australasian biogeography. The book contains biogeographic reviews of all major plant, animal and fungal groups in Australasia by experts in the field, including a strong emphasis on invertebrates, algae, fungi and subterranean taxa. It discusses how Australasia is different from the rest of the world and what other areas share its history and biota.
Table of Contents
Australasian Bioregionalisation. Australasian Biodiversity: A Taxonomic Perspective. The Demise of the Drowning of the Zealandia Theory. Biogeography of Australasian Freshwater Diatoms. Biogeography of Australasian Marine Macro-Algae. Marine Invertebrate Biogeography. Australasian Marine Fishes: A Review. A Review of Australasian Plant Biogeography. Biogeography of Australasian Fungi. Australasian Insects: Biogeography and History. Arachnid Biogeography of Australasia. Subterranean Biogeography of Australasia. Australasian Reptile Biogeography and Phylogeography. Mammal Zoogeography of Australia. References.
Malte C. Ebach
Although impossible to cover all taxonomic groups, the book significantly discusses the biogeography of not only the usual groups of flowering plants and terrestrial vertebrates, but insects, arachnids, marine fishes, algae (diatoms and seaweeds), terrestrial fungi, and subterranean “cave” animals (terrestrial and aquatic troglobionts). This book achieves the goals set out by Ebach in his preface, and I recommend it highly to researchers, teachers, and students.
-- Pauline Ladiges, School of BioSciences, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, in The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol 93, 2018