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Amphibians of Costa Rica: A Field GuideArtist/Author: Leenders, Twan
Amphibians of Costa Rica is the first in-depth field guide to all 206 species of amphibians known to occur in Costa Rica or within walking distance of its borders. A diminutive nation with abundant natural wealth, the country is host to 146 species of frogs and toads. Frogs of gemlike beauty and dizzying variety abound: some species can fit on the end of a human finger; others would take two hands to hold. In the rainforests, you can find frogs capable of gliding from high in the treetops to the forest floor, some that carry their eggs or their tadpoles around on their back, and others that secrete glue-like substances from their skin that are capable of sticking shut the mouth of attacking snakes.
Costa Rica is also home to fifty-three species of lungless salamanders, whose unique adaptations and abilities have allowed them to colonize habitats inaccessible to other amphibians. In addition to the spectacularly diverse salamanders, frogs, and toads found in the country, Amphibians of Costa Rica includes the caecilians – bizarre and highly specialized creatures that somewhat resemble giant worms.
Author, photographer, and conservation biologist Twan Leenders has been studying the herpetofauna of Central America for more than twenty years. Leenders and his team of researchers have immersed themselves in the rainforests, dry forests, and swamps of Costa Rica – toting portable photo studios – to put together the richest collection of photographs of Costa Rican herpetofauna known to exist. In addition to hundreds of photographs, range maps, morphological illustrations, and precise descriptions of key field characteristics, Amphibians of Costa Rica offers a wealth of natural history information, describing prey and predators, breeding strategies, habitat, and conservation status.
Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Field GuideArtist/Author: Leenders, Twan
Reptiles of Costa Rica, the long-awaited companion to Amphibians of Costa Rica is the first-ever comprehensive field guide to the crocodilians, turtles, lizards, and snakes of Costa Rica. A popular destination for tourists and biologists because of its biodiversity, the country is particularly rich in reptile fauna, boasting 245 species. The sheer diversity in shapes, sizes, colours, and natural history traits of these animals is beautifully displayed in Reptiles of Costa Rica. Lizards range from minuscule dwarf geckos to dinosaur-like iguanids, and everything in between, while the country’s snakes include tiny eyeless wormsnakes, massive boas, as well as twenty-three dangerously venomous species, which include the largest vipers in the world.
Author, photographer, and conservation biologist Twan Leenders has been researching and documenting the herpetofauna of Costa Rica for nearly twenty-five years. His explorations have taken him to remote parts of Costa Rica that few people ever visit, journeys that usually find him hauling an array of photographic equipment to document his finds. In addition to including more than 1,000 photographs, detailed black and white scientific illustrations, and range maps, Reptiles of Costa Rica also features paintings of anole dewlaps, a key identification feature for that very complex group of lizards. This new field guide will enable the reader to identify all species, while also providing a wealth of information about natural history, predation, breeding strategies, habitat preferences, and conservation of Costa Rica’s reptile fauna.
Twilight of the Angonoka: Biology and Conservation of the World’s Rarest TortoiseArtist/Author: Pedrono, Miguel, Alison Clausen
The fascinating wildlife of Madagascar is the result of millions of years of isolation of that continental island from the rest of the world. It has a unique and rich flora and fauna, the latter including the extraordinary tortoise species locally called the Angonoka. This is the most striking and best-studied of the Madagascan tortoises but, unfortunately, also has the dubious distinction of being the world’s rarest and most endangered tortoise, with fewer than 220 individuals living exclusively in isolated pockets of shrub-bamboo thicket in the north-western corner of the island. This timely book provides a complete summary of the biology and conservation of the Angonoka by two knowledgeable experts in biodiversity conservation and the biology of this species. While this meticulously researched book will fulfil scientists’ needs for accuracy and detail, Miguel Pedrono and Alison Clausen have maintained a personal touch that provides even the lay-reader with a realistic understanding of the ecology and conservation exigencies of this species. Through their sense of genuine conservation engagement, they systematically present the politics and realities of Angonokaconservation, and use this to showcase the challenges faced with all endangered species that lead to their imminent demise.
The Lizards, Crocodiles, and Turtles of Honduras: Systematics, Distribution, and ConservationArtist/Author: McCranie, James
Based on years of field work and the examination of thousands of museum specimens, The Lizards, Crocodiles, and Turtles of Honduras is the final instalment of a series of volumes by James R. McCranie documenting the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras.
Thoroughly illustrated by colour photographs and maps of geographic distribution, the book describes in detail 86 species of Honduran lizards, crocodilians, and turtles. Identification keys in both English and Spanish allow the ready identification of all species, and discussions of conservation status review current threats to all species. The publication of this work represents the completion of the most comprehensive and detailed study of the amphibian and reptilian faunas of any country in Latin America.
Freshwater Turtles of AustraliaArtist/Author: Cann, John and Ross Sadlier.
Australia is home to a diverse freshwater turtle fauna including more than 25 species and an array of side-necked turtle subspecies. The biology and ecology of Australian freshwater turtles is complex and a number of species are of particular conservation concern. Many affected species are found on Australia’s east coast, where the river systems are most heavily modified due to the pressures of development. Freshwater Turtles of Australia is a beautifully illustrated and comprehensive update of John Cann’s highly respected Australian Freshwater Turtles (1998). It reviews new information on the biology of Australian chelid turtles, presents recent perspectives and insights into their history and taxonomy, and provides an introduction to the freshwater turtles of New Guinea and Irian Jaya to Australia’s north. This landmark work brings together years of research and experience and will serve as an important reference for researchers, academics and herpetologists for many years to come.
A Field Guide to Reptiles of New South Wales (Third Edition)Artist/Author: Swan, Gerry, Ross Sadlier and Glenn Shea.
A guide to every gecko, flap-footed lizard, goanna, dragon, skink, snake and turtle known to live throughout the state’s many habitats.
A Field Guide to Reptiles of New South Wales narrows down the field of species identification to a manageable size for any naturalist. The telltale details that make identification possible lie in the descriptions of families, genera and species; these are accompanied by clear line drawings. Where you need to tune out similar species, simple keys are provided. For herpetologists, the location maps will prove invaluable. This book is a thorough update, expansion and revision of A Field Guide to the Snakes and Lizards of New South Wales published in 2004. Since then, the number of species has increased, countless names have changed and new species locations have been found.
The Natural History of Amphibians and Reptiles in SabahArtist/Author: Inger, Robert F. and Tan Fui Lian.
A review of the rich herpeto-fauna of Borneo, including some of its less conspicuous members.
The Natural History of Amphibians and Reptiles in Sabah is a review of the rich herpetofauna of Borneo, including some of its less conspicuous and sometimes reviled members. Many of the species are unique to Borneo, most are active only at night, and most are completely dependent on forests for survival. This book on the frogs, lizards, snakes, turtles, and crocodiles bring together photographs demonstrating that many of these animals are beautiful in colour and fascinating in form. Written for naturalists, students and travellers, the text provides information showing that not only is fear of the vast majority of the species misplaced but also how these animals fit into the complex workings of Borneo’s ecosystems.
Medical care of turtles and tortoises: diagnosis, therapy, husbandry, prevention.Artist/Author: Hnizdo, J. and N. Pantchev, editors.
A compendium on chelonian diseases, including their diagnosis and treatment. It also focuses on preventive medicine through inclusion of species-specific husbandry information to help prevent common husbandry mistakes, which may cause disease or injury. With the chapters: Turtle anatomy and physiology, biology and husbandry of Turtles, brumation (hibernation), protection of Chelonian species, general Chelonian medicine, clinical nutrition, clinical examination, examination of organ systems, special investigative techniques (laboratory, radiology, ultrasound endoscopy), Turtle parasites, selected viral disease of Turtles, electron microscopy, pathomorphological diagnosis, administering medications, anaesthesia and surgery, surgery, and special section on common Turtle diseases.
Saving Sea Turtles: Extraordinary Stories from the Battle Against ExtinctionArtist/Author: Spotila, James R.
In April 2007, eleven Leatherback turtles captured the imagination of the public worldwide as they ‘raced’ from Costa Rica toward the Galapagos Islands. Known as the Great Turtle Race, this event tracked these critically endangered sea turtles, drawing attention to their fragile status and generating data on the turtles vital to efforts to study and protect them. But the Great Turtle Race is just one of many tools marine conservationists use to inform people about the status, biology, and lives of the seven sea turtle species. Once plentiful, due to human actions sea turtle population levels plummeted throughout much of the twentieth century, stabilizing somewhat only after Archie Carr and Jacques Cousteau popularized their plight.
With this book, award-winning author James R. Spotila picks up where Carr and Cousteau left off, going inside the modern-day conservation movement to tell the tales of today’s sea turtle conservationists. He provides a complete overview of sea turtle biology and life cycles, discusses the human and natural world threats they face, and examines the new methods and technologies humans are using to save them.
Turtles and Tortoises of Madagascar and adjacent Indian Ocean Islands: pocket identification guide.Artist/Author: Leuteritz, T.E.et al.
This laminated pocket guide with illustrations to identify 20 species on Mauritius and the Seychelles and individual maps for locating them is the tool to have on hand. In addition, you can use the checklist to note the location and date of the species you find.
Freshwater Turtles: A Wild Australia GuideArtist/Author: Cann, John.
Research into Australia’s freshwater turtles has progressed greatly in the last fifteen years. A number of new species have been formally described, thus increasing our appreciation of the complex biology and diversity of these beautiful reptiles. Many populations of turtles are currently in decline as they compete with ever expanding human populations for water.
This practical Wild Australia Guide introduces Australia’s freshwater turtles. Learn about these amazing reptiles from the very large broad-shelled turtle, to the well-known Macquarie river turtle, and the attractive Purvis’ turtle.
High-quality photographs and information on appearance, behaviour and distribution make Wild Australia Guide: Freshwater Turtles is perfect for anyone who has ever wondered about the intriguing lives of turtles.
The Mary River turtle: yesterday, today, tomorrow.Artist/Author: Flakus, Samantha and Marilyn Connell.
This booklet has been compiled as a resource on the Mary River turtle, Elusor macrurus, a unique Australian freshwater turtle occurring in the Mary River Catchment in southeast Queensland. It includes current publications and websites.