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A Complete Guide to the Frogs of Southern Africa

Field / Identification GuideIdentification Key

By: Louis du Preez(Author), Vincent C Carruthers(Author)

488 pages, 1000 colour photos, colour distribution maps, includes audio CD with calls

Random House Struik

Paperback | waterproof PVC cover | Oct 2009 | #180075 | ISBN-13: 9781770074460
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Hardback | Sep 2009 | #188182 | ISBN-13: 9781770078086
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About this book

This beautiful and authoritative book is the most comprehensive treatment of frogs of the region ever produced. A Complete Guide to the Frogs of Southern Africa covers frog and tadpole biology and behaviour. All 160 frog species (with their tadpole stages) are fully described, giving conservation status, calls, habitat and habits. To aid identification, there are large, full-colour images of each species, detailed keys and clear summary panels showing ‘Distinctive characters’ and ‘Key ID points’. Calls for most species are recorded on the accompanying CD, and spectrograms are provided, offering the surest method of identifying these secretive and often cryptic creatures.

For all nature lovers, amateur ‘froggers’, students, as well as professional scientists, this is an inspiring and significant guide.


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Louis du Preez is a professor of zoology at North-West University and holds a PhD in amphibian parasitology. He heads the African Amphibian Conservation Research Group. His research interest focuses on amphibians, including their conservation, parasites and diseases, subjects on which he publishes regularly. His books include Field Guide and Key to the Frogs and Toads of the Free State; Field Guide to the Frogs and Toads of the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site and Bios: An Integrated Approach to Life-Science Teaching and Learning.

Vincent Carruthers is a company director, author and environmental consultant. He is a registered professional scientist specialising in amphibians and wetlands, and an amateur historian. He works with several universities and overseas institutions and has published books and articles on wildlife, history and natural science, including The MagaIiesberg; The Wildlife of Southern Africa; South African Frogs: A Complete Guide (co-authored with Neville Passmore) and Frogs and Frogging in Southern Africa.

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