Freshwater Reviews, Vol 6, No 1 (2013)


Colin Reynolds
DOI: 10.1608/FRJ-6.1.636 | Pages: iii


Various factors have conspired to make this issue of Freshwater Reviews a little slimmer than usual: the principal of these, I have to admit, is a lack of copy of the necessary standard. On the other hand, we have the opportunity to publish Michael Dobson’s new key to the larvae of dipteran families in European freshwater larvae. This has been undergoing careful development for some time but it is ready for general, practical use.
In reality, the paper is so much more than a straightforward dichotomous key: its general introduction to the two-winged flies, their classification and the criteria for identifying the larvae, is a useful refresher for all freshwater biologists. To practising entomologists, it will provide a contemporary state-of-the-art view of dipteran identification. The large number of detailed illustrations will be especially valued.
The key itself has been well-tested and its content and organisation has been comprehensively reviewed by a group of experienced scientists. I am more than satisfied that the text has every prospect of becoming an indispensable aid to confident identification in the future. Moreover, the discursive sections are well within the criteria of a review; they do not themselves constitute an account of primary research.
This issue also includes Glen George’s review of a new compilation of expert papers on Climate Change and Global Warming edited by Charles Goldman, Michio Kumagai and Richard Robarts (Wiley-Blackwell).
Once again, it is a pleasure for me to acknowledge the careful work of the contributors, reviewers and the production team here in UK.