Book ID: 97893
Natural History of West Indian Reptiles and Amphibians. 2009. photogr. maps. 576 p. gr8vo. Hardcover.
The West Indies have become a major focus for biologists and conservationists. Its herpetofauna is considered one of the richest and most vulnerable in the world. These fragile natural environments are home to many unique animals that occur only on these islands. Loss of habitat, development of scenic areas for a burgeoning tourist industry, and the introduction of invasive species have contributed to an already tenuous situation for many of the regions native species.This volume summarizes the natural history of each of the more than seven hundred species of frogs and reptiles that live in the West Indies. The book will be an essential companion to the biologist contemplating or conducting research in the area.