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Amphibians and Reptiles of La Selva, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean Slope: A Comprehensive Guide

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By: Craig Guyer and Maureen A Donnelly

299 pages, 207 col illus, 20 b/w illus, 138 maps

University of California Press

Paperback | Jan 2005 | #147905 | ISBN: 0520237595
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About this book

This field guide at last provides an authoritative and handy source for identifying amphibians and reptiles of Costa Rica's renowned Atlantic lowland tropical forests. Colourful frogs, lizards that can run across water, snapping turtles, spotted geckos, boa constrictors, crocodiles, and many other fascinating yet secretive species of amphibians and reptiles flourish in the region's myriad microhabitats. The La Selva Biological Station, a protected reserve, boasts a rich biota, making it and the surrounding area one of the most visited tropical forest sites in the world.

For travelers, ecotourists, and biologists, this comprehensive guide, written by two distinguished experts on the area's amphibians and reptiles, will be an essential resource while visiting La Selva and the surrounding tropical forests of Costa Rica. In addition to providing reliable field identification, it will help visitors to this area better understand the overall role of Central American amphibians and reptiles in the natural world as well as conservation efforts now being undertaken to ensure the survival of these intriguing creatures. The guide covers 138 frogs, lizards, snakes, and crocodiles are included in keys based primarily on colour patterns for easy identification. Each species is illustrated with a colour photograph and the guide also features range maps and black-and-white drawings. An overview is also provided on the natural history of each amphibian and reptile and gives helpful tips on where to observe them.

CONTENTS

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Geography, Climate, and Vegetation
A History of Herpetological Research at La Selva
Diversity
Conservation
Amphibia
Gymnophiona
Caudata
Anura
Reptilia
Testudines
Squamata
Crocodylia
Additional Species
Field Data Sheet for Amphibians and Reptiles
Glossary
Literature Cited
Art Credits
Index


Craig Guyer is Professor of Biological Sciences at Auburn University. Maureen A. Donnelly is Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Florida International University and coeditor of Standard Methods of Measuring Biodiversity (1994).

"To those who have carried out research at La Selva, as well as for the serious layperson or even a first-time ecotourist, this book will be a delight. Many of these species will be seen along forest trails or in clearings nearly every day. The beauty of this splendid guide is its concise but authoritative coverage. Guyer and Donnelly have been carrying out research at La Selva for more than 25 years and have contributed much new information on the lives of these animals. A great strength is the series of keys based primarily on live colouration for rapid and accurate identification in the field. The added value is that the book covers 90% of the amphibians and reptiles found in the Caribbean lowlands from northeastern Honduras to and including Bocas del Toro Province, Panama. In sum, my words for this book are: 'Mighty Fine'!" Jay M. Savage, author of The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica

To those who have carried out research at La Selva, as well as for the serious layperson or even a first-time ecotourist, this book will be a delight. Many of these species will be seen along forest trails or in clearings nearly every day. The beauty of this splendid guide is its concise but authoritative coverage. Guyer and Donnelly have been carrying out research at La Selva for more than 25 years and have contributed much new information on the lives of these animals. - Jay M. Savage, author of The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica"


Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Geography, Climate, and Vegetation A History of Herpetological Research at La Selva Diversity Conservation Amphibia Gymnophiona Caudata Anura Reptilia Testudines Squamata Crocodylia Additional Species Field Data Sheet for Amphibians and Reptiles Glossary Literature Cited Art Credits Index


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Biography

Craig Guyer is Professor of Biological Sciences at Auburn University. Maureen A. Donnelly is Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Florida International University and coeditor of Standard Methods of Measuring Biodiversity (1994).

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