Torben Larsen is very pleased that this little book is still in demand
after 30 years, a situation neither the author nor the Office of the Adviser
for Conservation of the Environment to the Government of Oman could have
envisaged at the time. The privilege of being among the first to research
in depth the butterfly fauna of Oman and the visits to most corners of that
wonderful country are among the most memorable of his life. The increasing
degree of habitat destruction and the threat of global warming only serve
to re-emphasize the words of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, which provided
the mandate for this research and publication of the book: "God's gift of
nature as a heritage carries with it a responsibility to guard it and nurture
it for the future generations of our people."
A much more detailed review of the butterflies of the entire Arabian
Peninsula was published in 1983 (LARSEN, T.B. 1983. Insects of Saudi Arabia;
Lepidoptera, Rhopalocera (a monograph of the butterflies of Arabia).
Fauna of Saudi Arabia, 5:333-478) as a follow-up to this research, along
with a companion volume intended for a more general audience (LARSEN, T.B. 1984. Butterflies of Saudi Arabia and its Neighbours. Stacey International,
160 pp.). New data have been obtained in the intervening years, not least
through the work of members of the Emirates Natural History Group, and inevitably
there have been certain revisions to the taxonomic nomenclature, but
Butterflies of Oman remains a convenient and authoritative first reference
for those seeking to better acquaint themselves with the butterfly fauna
of Oman and the UAE.
We are pleased to make this book available in two versions as Adobe Acrobat
files. The first is a facsimile version which is an exact scan of
the original book (Butterflies
of Oman Facsimile, 18.1 MB). The second is a searchable version
that has been reset with the original illustrations as close to the original
as possible (Butterflies
of Oman Searchable, 19.5 MB). Both versions are bookmarked
for ease of use. Please download the ebooks to your own computer by
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Thanks to Torben Larsen for agreeing to make this valuable resource available
in a new format.