620 pages, 3480 colour photos, b/w illustrations, colour distribution maps
Language: Chinese with scientific nomenclature
This illustrated book consists of two parts. Part one provides a general introduction of natural environment conditions, species diversity and distribution of amphibians, and ecological types of amphibians of China. Part two focuses on the introduction of each species of Chinese amphibians, consisting of three sections, description in characters, colorful and geographical of all the known amphibians in China. The description of each species includes its Chinese name, Latin name, English name, morphological characteristics (of male and female adults, tadpoles and eggs), biological data, population status, and geographical distribution. The protected grades of species are decided on the base of the "Species List of State Key Protected Wildlife of China'' (1988), the endangered status is provided according to Threatened Amphibians of the World (2008), and China Species Red List, Vol.1, 2004 and Vol. 2, 2009. Color photos are mainly used to illustrate the morphological characteristics of each species, including its dorsal body, ventral body, color changes, tadpole, egg clutch, and ecological environment.
Colored Atlas of Chinese Amphibians and Their Distributions contains about 3480 color photos and drawings, most of which were provided by the authors and small part of them are cited from literatures. The tadpole's developmental stages follow Gosner's method (1960), the "?" after distribution locality in test means that the locality needs further determination. In addition, references, index of Chinese names, index of Latin name's index of English names are listed at the end of Colored Atlas of Chinese Amphibians and Their Distributions. This book, with colorful pictures and excellent texts, presents animals with varied postures, and is the up-to-today summary of amphibian research in China. It is not only helpful for readers to understand the amphibian species of China, to further explore amphibian resources of China, and promote studies on systematics and phylogeny, but also significant in many aspects, such as deciding the rare and endangered species, making protection measures for them, and sustainably utilizing and reasonably raising economic amphibians of China.
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