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A Naturalist’s Guide to the Reptiles & Amphibians of BaliArtist/Author: Somaweera, Ruchira
This easy-to-use identification guide to the 89 reptile and amphibian species of Bali is perfect for resident and visitor alike.
High-quality photographs from the region’s top nature photographers, are accompanied by detailed species descriptions which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits, occurrence and whether they are dangerous. The user-friendly introduction covers conservation, how to deal with snake bites, identification of body parts and a glossary. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the reptiles of Bali encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific names.
Status of Conservation and Decline of Amphibians: Australia, New Zealand and Pacific IslandsArtist/Author: Heatwole, Harold, Jodi Rowley (Editors)
Aims to stimulate research into halting amphibian declines and to improve decisions about conservation.
Amphibians are among the most threatened groups of animals on earth. In part due to their highly permeable skin, amphibians are highly sensitive to environmental changes and pollution and provide an early-warning system of deteriorating environmental conditions. The more we learn about the impact of environmental changes on amphibians, the better we as humans will be able to arrest their demise, and our own.
Status of Conservation and Decline of Amphibians brings together the current knowledge on the status of the unique frogs of Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific. Although geographically proximate, each region presents unique challenges and opportunities in amphibian research and conservation. This book contributes to an understanding of the current conservation status of the amphibians of each region, aims to stimulate research into halting amphibian declines, and provides a better foundation for making conservation decisions. It is an invaluable reference for environmental and governmental agencies, researchers, policy-makers involved with biodiversity conservation, and the interested public.
Cane Toad WarsArtist/Author: Shine, Rick
Cane Toad Wars chronicles the research of intrepid scientist Rick Shine and his work to document the toad’s ecological impact in Australia and to buffer that impact. Despite predictions of devastation in the wake of advancing toad hordes, the author’s research reveals a more complex and nuanced story. A first-hand account of an intriguing ecological problem and an important exploration of how we measure evolutionary change and ecological resilience, this book makes an effective case for the value of long-term natural history research in informing conservation practice.
In 1935, an Australian government agency imported 101 specimens of the Central and South American Cane Toad in an attempt to manage insects devastating sugar cane harvests. The Cane Toad had been introduced in other places, but in Australia it adapted and evolved with abandon, voraciously consuming native wildlife and killing predators with its lethal skin toxin. Today, hundreds of millions of Cane Toads have spread across the northern part of Australia and continue to move westward. The humble Cane Toad has become a national villain.
Tadpoles and Frogs of Australia: Second EditionArtist/Author: Anstis, Marion.
The identification of the eggs and tadpoles of Australian frogs has been a study waiting to happen for a very long time. Marion Anstis began the process of addressing this with her first book Tadpoles of South-eastern Australia: a guide with keys. Now, with Tadpoles and Frogs of Australia, for the first time we have the complete life histories of virtually the entire frog fauna of the Australian continent, which will become a lasting contribution to frog conservation. It contains comprehensive information about Australian tadpoles as well as the eggs, metamorphosed frogs and adult frogs, accompanied by detailed colour photographs. In fact this book has been described as ‘the most comprehensive and thorough treatment of a continental frog fauna that there has ever been’. Using meticulous keys, descriptive characters and a multitude of illustrations, Tadpoles and Frogs of Australia helps readers to identify which tadpole or egg belongs to which frog. The vast photographic array shows live frogs, tadpoles and eggs at various stages in their lives. This magnificent and unique volume is a worthy addition to the library of any naturalist, student or professional with a keen interest in identifying our frogs and learning more about their fascinating life histories. Tadpoles and Frogs of Australia will serve as an invaluable and fundamental tool by contributing greatly towards our understanding of how we can help Australian frogs survive.
A Field Guide to Frogs of Australia: From Port Augusta to Fraser Island Including TasmaniaArtist/Author: Robinson, Martyn
A Field Guide to Frogs of Australia will help you identify all the frogs hopping and croaking their way around Australia. A key, with drawings of distinguishing features, plus a colour photograph and distribution map of each frog, will help you to identify your species. This book has been developed from the New South Wales Frog Watch Programme, a frog-monitoring programme involving schools and amateur herpetologists.
A Photographic Guide to Sea Fishes of AustraliaArtist/Author: Kuiter, Rudie H.
This compact and easy-to-use format is the ideal pocket-size travelling companion. It has an authoritative text describing key identification features. Full-colour photographs illustrating each of the 222 species. Thumbnail outlines of each family group enabling quick identification.
Effective Ecological MonitoringArtist/Author: Lindenmayer, David, Gene Likens
The fully revised second edition of this highly acclaimed book.
Long-term monitoring programs are fundamental to understanding the natural environment and managing major environmental problems. Yet they are often done very poorly and ineffectively. This second edition of the highly acclaimed Effective Ecological Monitoring describes what makes monitoring programs successful and how to ensure that long-term monitoring studies persist.
Though the book has been fully revised and updated it remains concise, illustrating key aspects of effective monitoring with case studies and examples. It includes new sections comparing surveillance-based and question-based monitoring, analysing environmental observation networks, and provides examples of adaptive monitoring.
Based on the authors’ 80 years of collective experience in running long-term research and monitoring programs, Effective Ecological Monitoring is a valuable resource for the natural resource management, ecological and environmental science and policy communities.
Herpetofauna Workers’ ManualArtist/Author: Gent, Tony, Steve Gibson
An indispensable manual for conservationists throughout the UK and much of mainland Europe. It provides conservation guidance on the twelve non-marine amphibian and reptile species native to the British Isles. It covers a wide range of issues, from advice on surveying to reintroductions.
Frogs of the United States and Canada 2 volume setArtist/Author: C. Kenneth Dodd Jr
With many frog populations declining or disappearing and developmental malformations and disease afflicting others, scientists, conservationists, and concerned citizens need up-to-date, accurate information. Frogs of the United States and Canada is a comprehensive resource for those trying to protect amphibians as well as for researchers and wildlife managers who study biodiversity. From acrobatic tree frogs to terrestrial toads, C. Kenneth Dodd Jr. offers an unparalleled synthesis of the biology, behavior, and conservation of frogs in North America.
This two-volume, fully referenced resource provides color photographs and range maps for 106 native and nonindigenous species and includes detailed information on
– past and present distribution
– life history and demography
– reproduction and diet
– landscape ecology and evolution
– diseases, parasites, and threats from toxic substances
– conservation and management
Frogs of Australia: Reed Concise GuideArtist/Author: Anstis, Marion
In Search of Lost Frogs: The Quest to find the World’s Rarest AmphibiansArtist/Author: Moore, Robin
On 9th August 2010, 33 teams from 21 countries were dispatched to search for the Lost frogs identified by Conservation International. On their list were a host of species including, in the top ten most wanted, the Rio Pescado stubfoot toad, found only in Ecuador – which was to prove a triumphant rediscovery. Several months, a number of key rediscoveries – such as the Elegant tropical frog, last seen in 1937 and the Chalazodes bubble-nest frog – last seen in 1874 and two new species later, the Search for Lost Frogs had generated more than 650 news articles in 20 countries and over a billion potential viewers. Author Robin Moore was responsible for spearheading the Search for Lost Frogs and coordinating the teams. He also co-led two expeditions to Colombia and Haiti. In Colombia in search of the Mesopotamia Beaked Toad, the steamy jungles of the Choco yielded not the desired species but a brand new one – the Mr. Burns Toad, so-called because of an uncanny resemblance to the Simpsons’ character; the species was selected as one of Time magazine’s top ten new species of 2010. In Haiti the team found six frogs last seen 20 years before, including the Ventriloqual frog, named for its ability to throw its voice. This fascinating new book tells the story of the expedition – its highs and lows, discoveries and failures and the campaign’s ongoing work. Despite the campaign, one third of the world’s amphibians remain threatened with extinction. Most of the species searched for were not found. But those that were provide a glimmer of hope. Understanding why these species have survived when many others have not should help us understand what makes these species different. In Search of Lost Frogs is a story of perseverance, disappointment, rediscovery, resilience, but ultimately of hope, written with passion and illustrated with the author’s superb photographs.
Their Blood Runs Cold: Adventures with Reptiles and AmphibiansArtist/Author: Gibbons, Whit.
An entertaining and informative book that not only enhances our understanding of a unique group of animals, but also provides genuine insight into the mind and character of a research scientist. Whit Gibbons possesses the rare talent of conveying the challenge and excitement of scientific inquiry. A research ecologist who specializes in the study of reptiles and amphibians, he gives accounts of work in the field that are as readable as good short stories. From the dangers of being chased by an angry rattlesnake to the exhilaration of discovering a previously undescribed species, Gibbons brings to life the everyday experiences of the herpetologist as he chases down lizards, turtles, snakes, alligators, salamanders, and frogs in their natural habitats. With essays like “Turtles may be slow but they’re 200 million years ahead of us” and “How to catch an alligator in one uneasy lesson,” this book both entertains and informs. This thirtieth anniversary edition of features a new prologue and epilogue, additions that address changes in the taxonomy and study of reptiles and amphibians that have occurred since the publication of the original edition and offer suggestions for further reading that highlight the explosion of interest in the topic.