402 pages, colour & b/w photos, b/w illustrations, b/w distribution maps
The Turtles of Mexico is the first comprehensive guide to the biology, ecology, evolution, and distribution of more than fifty freshwater and terrestrial turtle taxa found in Mexico. Legler and Vogt draw on more than fifty years of fieldwork to elucidate the natural history of these species. The Turtles of Mexico includes an extensive introduction to turtle anatomy, taxonomy, phylogeny, biogeography, and physiology.
A key to the turtles of Mexico is included along with individual species accounts featuring geographic distribution maps and detailed color illustrations. Specific topics discussed for each species include habitat, diet, feeding behavior, reproduction, predators, parasites, growth and ontogeny, sexual dimorphism, growth rings, economic use, conservation, legal protection, and taxonomic studies. The Turtles of Mexico is a complete reference for scientists, conservationists, and professional and amateur enthusiasts who wish to study Mexican turtles.
"For the first time, we have a synthesis of the biology of Mexican turtles. Legler and Vogt have combined their half century of field and laboratory studies with others' knowledge and written an exciting, encyclopedic, and readable source book on all aspects of Mexican turtle natural history."
– George Zug, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
"This definitive and scholarly treatment of Mexican turtle biology sets the new standard for books on regional and national turtle faunas."
– Joseph C. Mitchell, co-editor of Urban Herpetology
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John M. Legler is Professor Emeritus of Biology at The University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Richard C. Vogt is a researcher at the National Institute for Amazonia Research, in Manaus, Brazil.