Ecology and ethology of fishes. Proceedings of the 2nd Biennial Symposium on the Ethology and Behavioural Ecology of Fishes held at Normal, Ill., U.S.A., October 19–22, 1979. D.L.G. Noakes and J.A. Ward, Editors. Development in Environmental B

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Ecology and ethology of fishes. Proceedings of the 2nd Biennial Symposium on the Ethology and Behavioural Ecology of Fishes held at Normal, Ill., U.S.A., October 19–22, 1979. D.L.G. Noakes and J.A. Ward, Editors. Development in Environmental Biology

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  439 didactic conception makes it a working tool accessible to students, and at the same time provides very useful enlightenment on problems as yet insufficiently discussed by biologists and psychologists - not having read it. Gilles LE PAPE UniversitE de Tours, France (Translated by Marie Bronchart Universitg de Louvain, Belgium) Ecology and Ethology of Fishes. Proceedings of the 2nd Biennial Symposium on the Ethology and BehaviouraZ Ecology of Fishes, held at Normal, Ill., U.S.A., October 19-22, 1979. D.L.G. Noakes and 3.A. Ward, Editors. Develop- ments in Environmental Biology of Fishes, Vol. 1). Dr. W. Junk Publishers, The Hague, 1981, 143 pp. (46 figs., 32 tables), Dfl. 65.OO/US 34.00, ISBN 90-6193-896-l. This book consists of 13 symposium papers previously published in the journal EnuirownentaZ BioZogy of Fishes 6(l), 1981. Also included are 43 abstracts from the same symposium. The topics covered by the papers in- clude schooling (5 papers), reproductive behaviour and ecology (6 papers) and habitat use (2 papers). All represent significant contributions to the behavioural biology of fishes, but the justification for reprinting them as a book is unclear. Only Barlow's essay on the reproductive strategies of coral reef fishes offers a major review and theoretical development. The others will interest researchers working on closely re- lated topics, but are of insufficient generality to warrant purchase of the volume by most fish ethologists, much less behavioural biologists working on other taxa. Donald L. KRAMER McGill University Department of Biology 1205 Avenue Docteur Penfield Montreal, PQ, Canada H3A 1Bl Social insects, Vol. III. H.R. Hermann, editor. Academic Press, London. 1982, 459 pp., E38.40/US 58.00, ISBN 0.12.342203.5. The four volumes of SociaZ Insects published by Academic Press and edited by H.R. Hermann include reviews of the general biology of ants (including army ants and fungus ants) bumblebees, honeybees, stingless bees and wasps, but not termites, and specialist reviews of various aspects of social life including evolution, organisation of labour, defence and caste differentiation. Other subjects covered include the systematics of social insects and the symbionts found in their nests. Altogether there are 23 authors, many of whom are well-established authorities in their own fields. The presence of good current reviews on many aspects of social life in the insect world is undoubtedly most useful and has made the production of these volumes a worthwhile enterprise. I do feel, however, that their value would have been greatly enhanced if the contents of the four volumes were arranged in a more logical order and the division of subject matter among the authors had been more carefully con- trolled. For example, the social and evolutionary significance of symhionts of social insects are discussed in volume 1 whereas a survey of known symbionts occupies a large part (244 of 459 pages) of Volume 3. Most
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