The Invertebrate World of Australia's Subtropical Rainforests

October 2020
More details
  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    20th October 2020
  • ISBN 9781486312917
  • Language English
  • Pages 392 pp.
  • Size 8" x 10"
  • Images 3 maps, 316 color photos

The Invertebrate World of Australia’s Subtropical Rainforests is a comprehensive review of Australia’s Gondwanan rainforest invertebrate fauna, covering its taxonomy, distribution, biogeography, fossil history, plant community and insect–plant relationships. This is the first work to document the invertebrate diversity of this biologically important region, as well as explain the uniqueness and importance of the organisms.

This book examines invertebrates within the context of the plant world that they are dependent on and offers an understanding of Australia’s outstanding (but still largely unknown) subtropical rainforests. All major, and many minor, invertebrate taxa are described and the book includes a section of color photos of distinctive species. There is also a strong emphasis on plant and habitat associations and fragmentation impacts, as well as a focus on the regionally inclusive Gondwana Rainforests (Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia) World Heritage Area.

The Invertebrate World of Australia’s Subtropical Rainforests will be of value to professional biologists and ecologists, as well as amateur entomologists and naturalists in Australia and abroad.


  • Brings together a broad body of information otherwise scattered in journals of diverse specialist subject matter
  • Offers a unique perspective marrying invertebrates to their plant world and the landscape in which they live and are dependent upon
  • Original color photographs illustrate the many iconic taxa discussed, highlighting Australia’s outstanding (but still largely unknown) subtropical rainforests.

1: Introduction
2: Australia’s subtropical rainforests – the plant context
Colour plates
3: The invertebrates – the ‘other 99 per cent’ of subtropical rainforest biodiversity
4: Invertebrate taxa of Australian subtropical rainforests
Appendix 1. Additional ecosystem values – the stygofauna
Appendix 2. The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia (CERRA) World Heritage Area
Appendix 3. Major occurrences of rainforest subforms in subtropical eastern Queensland and New South Wales
Appendix 4. Higher divisions of Coleoptera, Diptera, Hemiptera, Hymenoptera (Insecta) and Mollusca
Appendix 5. Divisions of geological time

Geoff Williams

Geoff Williams OAM, AM is a pollination ecologist and conservation biologist with a PhD from the University of New South Wales and a specialist background in entomology and invertebrate biogeography. He is an Honorary Research Associate with the Australian Museum, Sydney, and has particular interest in the pollination of rainforest plants, ecosystem management and forest rehabilitation. He has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal as well as honorary membership in the General Division of the Order of Australia in recognition of his contributions to science and biodiversity conservation. Geoff's research has been widely published, including in his recent book The Invertebrate World of Australia’s Subtropical Rainforests (2020).

invertebrate diversity; Gondwana Rainforests; subtropical rainforest; invertebrate fauna; stygofauna; fragmentation impacts; insect-plant relationships