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Animals: A Visual Guide to the Animal Kingdom

Field / Identification GuidePopular Science

By: Dr Keith Laidler

208 pages, 350 colour illustrations

Quercus Publishing

Hardback | Oct 2009 | #181242 | ISBN-13: 9781849160049
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Embark on an incredible journey through the dizzying diversity, complexity and majesty of the Animal Kingdom. Discover how primitive slime fungi cells coalesce and function for a time as a single animal, or witness the millions of Monarch butterflies that aggregate on trees in Mexico. Meet the Coelacanth fish thought to be extinct for millions of years, or Microcebus - the newly discovered mouse lemur and the world's smallest primate. From sponges to spiny ant eaters, brine shrimps to bonobos, Animals allows you to witness some of the most astonishing wonders of the natural world in spectacular detail.

Organised according to the scientific classification of animals (orders, families, genus, species), each chapter focuses on a different family of animals, starting with an introductory essay on the evolution, diversity, behaviour, habitats, conservation, etc. Subsequent pages showcase a broad selection of the most interesting, exotic, unusual, endangered, beautiful, specific animals within that group. Animals combines over 350 amazing giant-sized images taken by the world's best wildlife photographers with the latest scientific and zoological research on the natural history and conservation status of hundreds of animals. From nature lovers to conservationists, wildlife watchers to budding zoologists, Animals is the ideal reference that will entertain, inform and enthrall readers of all ages.

'Offers an astonishing journey through the diversity and magnificence of the animal kingdom captured in stunning detail by many of the world's best wildlife photographers' The Good Book Guide.


Introduction. Prokaryota and Eukaryota: Protistans. Poriphera: Sponges. Cnidaria: Corals; Jellyfish. Annelida: Animal Flowers. Mollusca: Nudibranchs; Nautilids. Echinodermata: Starfish. Arthropoda: Crustaceans; Crabs; Harlequin shrimp; Arachnids; Spiders; Horseshoe crab. Insecta: Butterflies; Monarch butterfly; Beetles; Flower mantis; Ants; Termites. Chordata: Fish; Great white shark; Manta ray; Teleost fish; Leafy sea dragon; Mudskippers. Amphibia: Frogs; Poison arrow frog. Reptilia: Turtles and tortoises; Sea turtles; Galapagos giant tortoise; Lacertilia - Lizards, Chameleons; Serpentes - Snakes, Constrictors, Tuatara; Crocodilia - Crocodiles and alligators, Gharial. Aves: Flightless birds; Bald eagle; Owls; Birds of paradise; Hummingbirds; Master builders; Parrots; Flamingo; Toucans. Mammalia: Platypus; Short-nosed echidna; Koala; Tasmanian devil; Kangaroos; Tree kangaroo; Tiger; Snow leopard; Small cats; Giant panda; Red panda; Cape hunting dog; Polar bear; Giant otter; Whales; Dolphins; Pygmy hippo; Wild camel; Arabian oryx; Wildebeest; Giraffe; Rhinoceroses; Przewalski's horse; African elephant; Bats; Walrus; Rodents; Giant anteater; Pangolin; Lemurs; Aye-aye; Monkeys; Golden lion tamarin; Orang utan; Gorilla; Chimpanzee and bonobo. Index. Credts and Copyright.

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Dr Keith Laidler is a writer and broadcaster specializing in wildlife in the natural world. He has written and produced many films on a wide range of animals including leopards; gorillas; harpy eagles; lion and otters, among others. His many books include The Talking Ape (Collins), Squirrels in Britain (David & Charles), River Wolf (Allen & Unwin), Pandas (BBC/Collins) and China's Threatened Species (Blackwell). Keith has 1st Class B.Sc. Special Honours Zoology, Ph.D. Anthropology. He is Fellow of Royal Geographic Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Winston Churchill Fellow and a member of the Scientific Exploration Society.

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