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A century on from The Biology of Dragonflies by Tillyard 1917: What have we learned since then?


Khelifa, Rassim; Theischinger, Gunther; Endersby, Ian (2017). A century on from The Biology of Dragonflies by Tillyard 1917: What have we learned since then? Austral Entomology, 56(2):138-147.

Abstract

The field of odonatology has developed considerably during the past century. Three figures, namely E. Selys-Longchamps, R.J. Tillyard and P.S. Corbet, have undisputedly founded our current knowledge of odonatology and contributed massively to the understanding of systematics, biology, ecology and behaviour of odonates. The year 2017 will mark the 100th anniversary of Tillyard’s The Biology of Dragonflies. We review the book and the author’s life and contributions to Australian odonatology. We present an updated hstory of odonatology and highlight prominent advances in the field. The influence of the book on non-scientists is described. Future research in odonatology on aspects that have not been studied and others that need further investigations are discussed.

Abstract

The field of odonatology has developed considerably during the past century. Three figures, namely E. Selys-Longchamps, R.J. Tillyard and P.S. Corbet, have undisputedly founded our current knowledge of odonatology and contributed massively to the understanding of systematics, biology, ecology and behaviour of odonates. The year 2017 will mark the 100th anniversary of Tillyard’s The Biology of Dragonflies. We review the book and the author’s life and contributions to Australian odonatology. We present an updated hstory of odonatology and highlight prominent advances in the field. The influence of the book on non-scientists is described. Future research in odonatology on aspects that have not been studied and others that need further investigations are discussed.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:06 Feb 2017 11:24
Last Modified:20 May 2017 01:02
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:2052-174X
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/aen.12254

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