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Reptiles and Amphibians of New Zealand: A Field GuideArtist/Author: Van Winkel, Dylan
The only current field guide to all of New Zealand’s 123 species of reptiles and amphibians with distribution maps for all species
Illustrated with extraordinary new photography, this is the definitive field guide to all of New Zealand’s tuatara, geckos, skinks, frogs, marine turtles and marine snakes. From the ancient tuatara, the sole surviving member of its order, to the world’s largest collection of long-lived and live-bearing lizards, our geckos and skinks, New Zealand’s 123 species of reptiles and amphibians represent an extraordinary aspect of this country’s biodiversity. Reptiles and Amphibians of New Zealand is the only field guide to cover all currently recognised species. New Zealand’s list of reptiles and amphibians is growing with new discoveries, even as 80 per cent of species are at risk of extinction. This is the only field guide to cover all currently recognised reptiles and amphibians and will become a go-to book for anyone interested in New Zealand’s unique wildlife.
Key features include:
– Expert and up-to-date information on all 123 species of reptiles and amphibians in New Zealand.
– More than 400 new photographs.
– Range maps for every species.
– Introduction to evolution, conservation, observing and collecting, ecosystems and geographic history.
– Authoritative text on every species, including names, description, distribution, variation and similar species, habitat and natural history.
– Identification keys for each of the major groups.
– Regional checklist and a handy quick guide on the inside flaps.
Tuatara: biology and conservation of a venerable survivor.Artist/Author: Cree, Alison.
The special evolutionary status of tuatara as the last of the rhynchocephalians – one of the four orders of living reptiles – is unquestioned. Wild members of the sole living species are now restricted to a few dozen remote islands around the New Zealand coast, where for several centuries they have been observed and studied by humans. This is the first detailed monograph for decades about this enigmatic reptile, and the first to be illustrated in colour throughout. The evolution, natural history and conservation of tuatara are covered in comprehensive detail, providing a valuable resource for the specialist yet written in a style accessible to all. The special place of tuatara in Maori and popular culture is also considered.