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Redfern, M. & Shirley, P., 2011

British Plant Galls

This second edition of this indispensable guide.

The new edition covers British galls on all groups of plants. A welcome change is that the separate sections for different taxonomic groups of gall-formers have now been combined into single keys for each host genus.
The range of fungal gall causers has been extended to include chytrids and a section on galled algae has been added. Bacteria, phytoplasmas and viruses are still treated separately.

The entries are arranged alphabetically by host genus, although the plant family Poaceae is not divided into genera. Algae and Bryophyta are similarly undivided. Galls on Fungi and Lichens have been omitted and will be the subject of a subsequent guide.

For each genus/family there is a dichotomous key to the galls affecting that host. Sometimes this is subdivided into several keys depending on the part of the host that is affected. Most of the galls are illustrated with line-drawings, and the standard drawings of the gall-causers are also shown where relevant to identification.

The list of abbreviations is on p366.

Perfect bound (and if that isn't an oxymoron...) You aren't a cecidologist until the pages start falling out!

Publisher Field Studies Council (FSC)
Pages 432
ISBN 978 1 85153 284 1
Edition Second
Web site
Coverage Most of the galls known from the British Isles at the time, except Bacteria etc and Nematodes where only representative examples are given.
Illustrations Line drawings accompany the text plus 8 colour plates of not very good printing near the back.
Identify With x8 or x10 hand lens (also useful to examine under a Stereo Microscope).
Specimen Prep. Many need to be cut in half and the larvae examined, a few require rearing or microscopy.
Difficulty The Verification page on the BPGS website: http://www.British-galls.Org.Uk/verification.Htm maintains a downloadable list of problem species that require verification.

Malcolm Storey

Taxonomic Scope

BIOTA (living things) Identification Current
Bacteria (bacteria, mitochondria, blue-green algae) Identification Current
Acari (mites) Identification Current
DIPTERA (two-winged flies) Identification Current
TEPHRITIDAE (gall flies, greater fruit flies) Identification Current
CECIDOMYIIDAE (wood, gall, rust and aphid midges) Identification Current
HYMENOPTERA (ants, bees and wasps, sawflies and parasitoid wasps) Identification Current
LEPIDOPTERA (butterflies and moths) Identification Current
HEMIPTERA (bugs) Identification Current
NEMATODA (roundworms, eelworms or nematodes) Identification Current
OOMYCOTA Arx (a group of mainly plant-parasitic fungi) Identification Current
FUNGI Whittaker (true fungi) Identification Current
VIRUSES (viruses) Identification Current
RHODOPHYTA Wettstein, 1901 (red seaweeds) Background Reading Current
TRACHEOPHYTA (vascular plants) Background Reading Current
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