Document: Quick Invertebrate Guide
This guide is an introduction for students or volunteers involved in invertebrate sorting.
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The guide is arranged unlike other such guides due to a number of practical considerations.
1) The hyper-diverse groups are presented first. These are the invertebrate groups that have the most members and are generally the most varied in appearance and their habits. So for any invertebrate collection event they tend to dominate the composition of the catch. These groups include beetles, bugs, flies, hymenoptera, butterflies and moths, lacewings and spiders.
2) Where feasible, groups that look like one another are grouped together.
3) The text specifies the key features that separate each group. For some features specialised equipment such as a microscope may be needed.