This volume is the eighth in a series of Taxonomic Guides to the Stick-insects of South-East Asia and the eleventh book on Stick insects by the author. This book follows the concept of the first seven books in this series: which are A Taxonomic Guide to Stick Insects of Borneo (2016), A Taxonomic Guide to Stick Insects of Borneo Volume II (2017), A Taxonomic Guide to Stick Insects of Singapore (2017), A Taxonomic Guide to Stick Insects of Sumatra Volume I (2018), A Taxonomic Guide to Stick Insects of Borneo Volume III (2019), A Taxonomic Guide to Stick Insects of Sumatra Volume II (2020), and A Taxonomic Guide to Stick Insects of Peninsular Malaysia Volume I (2021). This eighth volume is once again lavishly illustrated with colour photographs of stick insects from Java, both life and dehydrated. This book enables anyone with any interest in stick insects to identify any stick insect one may come across in Java. This identification is possible through scanning the numerous colour photographs or with the use of the carefully constructed keys laid out throughout the book.
This latest volume A Taxonomic Guide to Stick Insects of Java Volume I (2023) lists 7 new species, 2 new genera, 37 new synonyms, 12 new combination names, 2 nominate subspecies, 41 lectotype designations, 8 new revised statuses, and 5 newly described unknown sex of known species. The current number of recognized species from Java stands at 89.
This latest publication on the stick-insect fauna of Java extends our understanding of the stick-insects of South-East Asia. It will help conservationists, entomologists, and amateur naturalists world-wide to better identify, understand and research these insects. A more accurate taxonomy will only help foster and stream-line efforts to preserve wildlife habitats, conservation efforts and scientific studies, not just on stick insects but on the entire ecology of the natural world in Java and beyond.