Fauna of China Volume
1 (2000): 205-207
BOOK REVIEW: GRASSHOPPERS OF CHINA
Acritaxonomy. By ZHEMIN ZHENG. Shaanxi Normal University Press,
Xi’an, China. 1993. xi+442 pp. Hardcover. RMB 25.00. Paperback. RMB 20.00.
The superfamily Acridoidea is one of the most diverse insect groups
taxonomically and ecologically. A clear and complete classification is
the basis for studies on any other aspects of this group. Because the locust
is one of the most harmful pests and the locust plague is one of the most
serious disasters in human history, a focal point in plant protection is
to take precautions against locusts and bring them under control, the importance
of which in agriculture is quite obvious. China is one of the most ecologically
diverse and biogeographically significant countries with abundant resources
of insects. It follows that any major treatise on Chinese grasshoppers
should be of interest to orthopterists and other systematists in China
and in the world.