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Volume 18 2009 Contents


Editorial ... 4

A Geological Description of Belghelam Island, North-East Abu Dhabi UAE ... 4-9
  by Graham Evans and Anthony Kirkham

A Report on a Geological Reconnaissance of Al Aryam Island March, 2004 ... 10-17
  by Graham Evans and Anthony Kirkham

Two new gecko species records for the United Arab Emirates: Pristurus carteri (Gray, 1863) and Hemidactylus persicus Anderson, 1872 ... 18-23
  by Andrew S. Gardner

The Arabian cat snake (Telescopus dhara (Forskål, 1775)): a new species record for the United Arab Emirates, with notes on the species in Oman ... 24-27
  by Andrew S. Gardner, Neil Tovey and Johannes Els

Errata and Addenda: Updated Illustrated Checklist of Dragonflies of the UAE – including a third species of Ischnura damselfly ... 28-36
  by Robert W. Reimer, Gary R. Feulner and Richard J. Hornby

The biology of Pyrrhiades anchises jucunda (Butler) in northern Oman (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae, Coeliadinae) ... 37-41
  by Matthew J.W. Cock

Observations on the biology of Pelopidas thrax (Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae: Hesperiinae) in the Hajar Mountains, Oman ... 42-49
  by Matthew J.W. Cock

Hidden in plain view: First UAE record of the wadi grass Saccharum kajkaiense and notes on its distribution in the UAE and neighbouring Oman ... 50-55
  by Gary R. Feulner and Narayan Karki

An unusual observation – attraction of caterpillars to mercury vapour light in the Abu Dhabi desert (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) ... 56-59
  by Michael P.T. Gillett and Andrew S. Gardner

Records of the phytophagous ladybird Henosepilachna elaterii orientalis (Zimmerman, 1936) from the Al Ain/Buraimi area of the UAE and Oman (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) ... 60-61
  by Michael P.T. Gillett

Unknown or little-known large ground beetles from the United Arab Emirates (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Scaritinae, Harpalinae, Platyninae) ... 62-64
  by Michael P.T. Gillett

New status for the tiger beetle Grammognatha euphratica (Latreille & Dejean, 1822), formerly included in the genus Megacephala Latreille, 1802 (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae: sub-tribe Megacephalina) ... 65
  by Michael P.T. Gillett

Migration of Blue-spotted Arabs Colitis phisadia and associated insects at Sila’a, Western Abu Dhabi in November 2008 ... 66
  by Oscar Campbell

News, Reviews and Bibliography ... 67-88

  • News
    • ENHG Conservation Fund grants
    • Winners of ENHG Awards
    • The UAE's 'dhubs' - now a single species again (Drew Gardner)
    • Soldier's Orchid (Zeuxine strateumatica) takes the high ground (Dave Clark)
    • Dead Bryde's whale (Source: EAD press release)
    • More killer whales in the Gulf (Source: EAD press release)
    • Agreement on UAE bird records (Sources: EAD press release, EBRC)
    • Plans to extend Al Yasat reserve (Source: The National March 26, 2009, July 21, 2009)
    • Flamingos breed near Musaffah (Sources: EAD Press Release, Aspinall, S. (in press). Breeding Birds of the United Arab Emirates. EAD, Abu Dhabi)
    • Caracals shot (Source: The National March 18, 2009)
    • Wadi Wurrayah protected (Sources: EWS-WWF press release, The National April 28, 2009)
    • UAE, UK take lead in new raptor protection agreement (Sources: EAD press release, news reports.)
    • Golden jackal in Qatar (Peter Hellyer)
  • Obituaries
    • J.A.D. (Adrian) Chapman (Peter Hellyer and Colin Richardson)
    • Alexander ‘Sandy’ Fowler (Gary Feulner)
    • Michael Kyrle-Pope (Peter Hellyer)
  • Book Reviews
    • Building on Desert Tides. Ronald Hawker. WIT Press, Southampton, UK & Billerica, MA, USA. 2008. ISBN: 978-1-84564-135-1. 236 pp. (by Christopher Brown)
    • Marine Environment and Resources of Abu Dhabi. Edited by Thabit Zahran Al Abdessalaam, with contributions by Thabit Zahran Al Abdessalaam, Himansu Das, Edwin Grandcourt and Anbiah Rajan. 2007. Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi. 255 pages. ISBN 978 1 86063 240 2. Price: UAE dirhams 150. (by Mark Beech)
    • Terrestrial Environment of Abu Dhabi Emirate. Edited by Richard Perry. 2007. ISBN 978-9948-408-33-8. 464 pp. Published by Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi. Price: UAE dirhams 250. (by Stephen James)
    • Arthropod fauna of the UAE – Volume 2. Edited by A. Van Harten. 2009. Dar Al Ummah Printing, Publishing, Distribution and Advertising, Abu Dhabi. ISBN 978-9948-15-090-9. 786 pp. (by Michael Gillett)
    • Arabian Wildlife. Arabia’s Wildlife Centre – Sharjah. Osama S. Abdulla. 2008. Environmental and Protected Areas Authority, Sharjah, UAE. 158 pp. (by Andrew S. Gardner)
    • The Native Plants of Oman: An Introduction with Notes for Gardeners. C. Winbow. 2008. Environment Society of Oman, Muscat. 127 pp. ISBN 978-9948-03- 775-0 (by Lytton Musselman)
    • Guide to Common Marine Phytoplankton in Abu Dhabi Waters. A. Rajan and T.Z. Al Abesssalaam. 2008. Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, EAD. ISBN 1-100122-18910. 127 pp. Price: UAE Dirhams 100 (by Peter Hellyer)
    • Pre-Islamic Archaeology of Kuwait, Northeastern Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Oman: A Bibliography. Second Supplement (1996- 2006). K.G. Stevens and E. Haerinck. 2008. ISBN 978- 90-429-2005-7. Peeters, Bondgenotenlaan 153, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium. email: 84 pp. Price 30 Euros. (by Peter Hellyer)
  • Other Books received
  • Bibliography

Cover Illustrations:
Front: A juvenile Sind Saw-scaled Viper, Echis carinatus sochureki, photographed at Qarn Nazwa, Sharjah on 18 April 2009. Picture: Drew Gardner.
Back: A Naked-bellied Tomb Bat, Taphozous nudiventris, photographed at Qarn Nazwa, Sharjah on 18 April 2009. Picture: Drew Gardner.

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