276 pages, Col photos
This new photographic field guide illustrates most of the vertebrate species to be found in New Zealand as well as a large number of typical invertebrates and flora. The photgraphs are accompanied by a succinct text, and this portable guide will be invaluable to all visitors to the country with an interest in natural history.
'For the inquisitive visitor, this photographic field guide is the perfect companion - small and compact.' Birding World (2010)
Contents Foreword 5 Acknowledgements 6 Author's introduction 7 Map of New Zealand 9 Introduction 10 Overview, Natural History Human History Maps of North & South Islands Conservation & Alien species Climate Habitats 20 Coast Rivers and Wetlands Forest - Lowland & Upland Alpine and subalpine Geology 26 Birds 30 Mammals 92 Amphibians & Reptiles 98 Invertebrates 108 Seashore 128 Plants 136 Native Trees and Shrubs Vines & Epiphytes Ferns Herbs - Native - Alpine Herbs - Native - Coastal Herbs - Native - Other Grasses and Sedges Non-Vascular Plants 226 Fungi Mosses, Liverworts, Hornworts Lichens Appendices Places to Visit 234 National Parks & Protected Areas 238 Bibliography 242 Glossary 246 Organisations 248 Index 250
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Julian Fitter is a naturalist and author who lives in New Zealand for much of the year. His previous books include the bestselling Wildlife of the Galapagos, and Albatross: Their world, their ways (co-author).