This book summarizes all available information on West Indian herpetofauna. Using data from more than 6000 pages of field notes and 1000 literature sources, Schwartz and Henderson present a detailed account of every known reptile and amphibian species existing on the numerous islands of the West Indies. For each (almost 600), they offer a complete synopsis, including description, holotype, source of illustrations, and range map. A section on natural history summarizes what is known about the habitat, microhabitat, economic bearing, food habits, and reproduction of each animal, and in some cases it shows how these traits change from island to island. In opening remarks, the authors plead for awareness of the rampant environmental degradation taking place on the islands. For herpetologists, biologists, ecologists, and biogeographers with an interest in the Antillean biota, "Amphibians and Reptiles" should be important source for future research. Schwartz and Henderson have also written "Guide to the Idenfification of the Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies Exclusive of Hispaniola" and "West Indian Amphibians and Reptiles: A Check-List".Biografía del autor:
Albert Schwartz is professor emieritus of biology at Miami-Dade Community College and the author of The Butterflies of Hispaniola (University of Florida Press, 1989). Robert W. Henderson is curator of herpetology at the Milaukee Public Museum. They are coauthors of Guide to the Identification of the Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies Exclusive of Hispaniola and West Indian Amphibians and Reptiles: A Check-List.From the envoi: our adventures have equaled or exceeded boyhood dreams of exotic lands and peoples. We have searched in rain forests, on mountaintops, and in desert oases for frogs, lizards, and snakes that no scientist has ever seen before and learned things about these animals that no one else has ever before recorded . We would be remiss, therefore, if we did not address the persistent issues of threats to the West Indian herpetofauna and the opportunities for its conservation. "
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Descripción University Press of Florida, 1991. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110813010497