Kathleen Hancock Publishing
Scorpions, A Comprehensive Guide, by Kathleen Hancock
The Invertebrates, by Kathleen Hancock
The Invertebratesby Kathleen Hancock
ISBN = 0 9515324 2 1
Price = £6.00
Published = 1995
Review written = 26/Apr/1997
This is a private publication in A4 format with B/W drawings, which eloquently demonstrates what good work can be done by an individual. The guide itself is comprehensive and well written, being illustrated by John Hancock, and as it is an excellent introduction to the more commonly met with, and kept groups of invertebrates. I particularly like the stress placed on studying your local equally fascinating if less exotic species. It is full of useful information presented in a pleasantly personal style which stems from the authoress's extensive experience at keeping and studying these various creatures. It does not go into details about particular species, but instead deals with generalities that are appropriate to each group, the notes on each faunal group include information on morphology as well as ecology.
It includes chapters on; Classification, Food, Equipment, Collecting, Insects, Annelids, Molluscs, Crustaceans, Centipedes, Millipedes and Arachnids as well as a Glossary, an appendix of useful addresses (this is pretty much UK only) and a small but useful bibliography
All in all a very useful little publication bound to be of great use to primary school teachers and parents alike.
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Scorpions, A Comprehensive Guide by Kathleen Hancock
ISBN = 0 9515324 7 2
Price = £8.00
Published = 1996
Review written = 24/Apr/1997
This is a private publication in A4 format with B/W drawings, and it eloquently demonstrates what good work can be done by individuals working outside of the big publishing concerns. The guide itself is comprehensive and well written, being illustrated by John Hancock, and as it is one of the only works on Scorpions still in print, a very welcome publication. Being privately produced it still contains a few typos, but these have little effect on the overall value of this book which is filled with a wealth of useful information and sensible advice. One of the things I liked about this book was the pleasant balance of good sense and scientific accuracy. It is easy to read, explaining things in simple language and fills a much needed niche in the world of invertebrate literature.
It contains chapters on: An Introduction to Scorpions, Classification, Anatomy, Life History, Distribution and Life Styles, Prey and Predators,
Venom, Observing and Collecting, Keeping Scorpions in Captivity as well as a species file, and a glossary of terms. All in all at eight pounds this book is exceptional value, and will be a valuable resource to anyone interested in Scorpions in any way, but particularly to those interested in keeping and breeding them.
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