Whitley winners

was published by CSIRO Publishing, with funding support from ABRS and the Department of Agriculture.

The Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) team are smiling after a prestigious win at the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales’ Whitley Awards for zoological publications.

Our new joint publication, “Australian Longhorn Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)” by Adam Slipinski and Hermes Escalona, took away the 2014 Whitley Award. It’s an enormous achievement in entomology – with sections on biology, phylogeny and morphology of adult and larvae, followed by the keys to the subfamilies and an overview of the 74 genera of the subfamily Lamiinae occurring in Australia. I had the pleasure of editing it and our graphic designer Brigitte Kuchlmayr’s skills perfected the layout and artwork.

The evening was a celebration of Australian zoological publishing, with a stream of awards and certificates of commendation presented. Books recognised included a superb childrens’ reader on a sugar glider’s first flight, a natural history book on fur seals and sea lions, a guide to Australia’s cockroaches, an historical account of the Lord Howe Island woodhen.

Almost at the end of the evening it was time for the Whitley Medal awards. Two medals were awarded this year - one to “Tadpoles and Frogs of Australia” by Marian Anstis, recognising her wonderful achievement in bringing together all information on Australia’s Amphibia (which I’m proud to say an ABRS grant contributed towards).

Then the “longhorn team” stepped up to collect the medal.

L-R Presenter Chris Reid, ABRS director Mike Preece, fauna editor Alice Wells, Department of Agriculture's Glynn Maynard and CSIRO Publishing’s representative, Julia Stuthe.

Alice, Australian Biological Resources Study