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The Biodiversity of New Guinea, by Kal Muller

(Last Update - October, 2007)

Below is a table of contents and draft copy of a book on the biodiversity of New Guinea written by Kal Muller. This general text is to be use by school and college students in their study of the biodiversity and ecology of Indonesian Papua. It was published in 2006 (see Papuaweb's new publications page).

(Papuaweb also has other documents by Kal Muller available, including: notes on the Kamoro and Kamoro natural resource utilization, as well as the Amungme.)

If you have any comments on this text or would like to contact Kal Muller about related research interests, please email him at kalman_muller@fmi.com.

  © Kal Muller, 2004. Reproduced with permission.

Section One: Biodiversity of the island of New Guinea
  1. Introduction
  2. Basic influences: geology, Ice Ages, landforms
  3. The plant life of New Guinea
  4. Origins of New Guinea’s animals
  5. Shrimp and crabs: the crustaceans
  6. Butterflies and beetles: the insects
  7. Fresh water fishes
  8. Frogs and toads: the amphibians
  9. Lizards, snakes, turtles and crocodiles: the reptiles
  10. Class Aves: the birds of New Guinea
  11. Mammals
Section Two: Biodiversity of the Timika area & the Lorentz Park
  1. Introduction
  2. Vegetation
  3. Insects
  4. Fishes
  5. Amphibians and reptiles
  6. Birds
  7. Mammals
Section Three: Natural resource utilization by the Kamoro people
  1. Background
  2. Plant use
  3. Animal use (insects; crustacea; mollusks; fishes; reptiles; birds; mammals)
  • Appendix I. Glossary
  • Appendix II. Geological Time Scale
  • Appendix III. Taxonomy
  • Appendix IV. Evolution
  • Appendix V. Species lists: crustacea, amphibia, reptilia
  • Bibliography
Dr Kal Muller has kindly made this book available to users of Papuaweb. The book has not yet been published, but if you would like to download a draft version for reference or comment, please download Section 1 or Section 2, Section 3 and Appendices. This book will eventually be available in Indonesian. All usual copyright conditions apply and please acknowledge any reference to - or use of - this material.

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