Fauna of China Volume
2 (2001): 161-162
BOOK REVIEW: BITING MIDGES OF HAINAN
The Biting Midge from Hainan Island By J.-H. Liu, G. Yan &
G.-P. Liu. Military Medical Scientific Press, Beijing, China. 1996. 184pp.
ISBN 7-80121-032-8 (pbk) [in Chinese with English title page, brief summary
and table of contents].
The Hainan Island is a tropical offshore island south of Guangdong Province
in southern China. It covers 32200 square kilometers, with a diverse range
of habitats and a flora of 9000 species.
The biting midges are blood-sucking insects (with few exceptions) belonging
to the order Diptera and family Ceratopogonidae. Some of them are pests
for human and domestic animals, directly by biting or indirectly by vectoring
This book is a taxonomic monograph of these midges, based on material
collected in Hainan by the authors over a three-year period (1993-1995).
The monograph describes 111 species belonging to 14 genera in 4 families,
including 45 new species.
This book consists of six parts, together with 130 pages of plates and
a list of references at the end.