The Black Flies (Simuliidae) of North America, by Peter H. Adler, Douglas C. Currie, and D. Monty Wood (Illustrated by Ralph M. Idema and Lawrence W. Zettler, Foreword by Daniel H. Janzen). Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York. 960 p, 255 maps, 97 halftones, 887 line drawings, 150 color illustrations in a 24-page insert, and 13 tables. Cloth, US$99.95. ISBN 0-8014-2498-4.

This monumental work is the outcome of about 100 year's work by the 3 authors and encompasses previously unpublished research and nearly all of the published information on North American black flies. Each of the 255 species known from the continent north of Mexico, and including Greenland, of which there are 43 new species, is treated in detail. It is a truly formidable tour de force, and one wonders just how long this book must have been in the making.

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