Gondwanan conifers (short chapter). An account on the ancient and widespread cycads closes the series of botanical chapters. Next come to zoological chapters, equally rich and comprehensive: Lepidoptera, cicadas with their high rates of endemism due to poor abilities for dispersal, long-legged flies (Diptera), land snails, birds (by A. Keast) with a review of E. Mayr’s work and a discussion on the development of ‘the island syndrome’ in bird evolution, mammals (monotremes, marsupials, murids, fruit bats, insectivorous bats), and amphibia and reptiles. The section proceeds with a short but fascinating, authorative account on the origin and history and pattern of human migration and settlement in that Great Ocean, partly based on analyses of mitochondrial DNA. It closes with a chapter on conservation, emphasizing the human factor in conservation practice in these isolated communities. Elsewhere in the book, the editors also sigh that ‘alas, pristine Pacific environments and their biotas are rapidly being eroded by habitat destruction, development, and the impact of non-native species.’ Section 4 of the book contains a ‘status report’ on our knowledge of Pacific invertebrate biogeography and taxonomy. It is not clear to me why that chapter was not placed earlier in the book, before the Lepidopterachapter. It also contains a very nice overview of patterns and processes by A. Keast. Keast integrates the results of the previous chapters with a comprehensive review of literature in a useful synthesis, addressing again the basic questions concerning island biogeography theory, extinction, evolution of flightlessness, problems of small gene pools, etc. The enormous pool of information he draws from does not disturb or confuse the points he wants to make, because his lines of argumentation are clear. His final chapter also contains a short, useful review and characterization of the various Pacific biota. This final chapter strongly increases the value of this book. It certainly will be a milestone publication for the biology of the Pacific for many years to come. (Those interested in ordering a copy should note that the SPB Academic Publishers book fund has recently been acquired by Backhuys Publishers. Orders should be sent to Backhuys Publishers at the address given above). MARINUS J.A. WERGER Utrecht The Netherlands Floodplain Ecology and Management: The Luznice River in the Trebon Biosphere Reserve, Central Europe. Edited by K. Prach, J. Jenik, and A. R. G. Large. SPB Academic Publishing bv, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 286 pp. Paperback. Price USD 87.50. ISBN 90–5103–128–9.