495 pages, Col photos, figs, tabs, maps
Compiled by an international team of zoologists, this book takes a fresh and detailed look at the complex biological puzzle of the Caribbean. The first true overview of the islands, it includes a historical examination of the people who have studied the Caribbean amphibians and reptiles. The book reviews the ecology, evolutionary history, and biogeographic explanations for the origins and diversity of the region's fauna with island-by-island coverage. It puts the Caribbean in perspective by comparing the islands to Central America and its amphibian and reptile diversity.
This volume is dedicated to Dr. Albert Schwartz (1923-1992)in recognition of his incredible scientific accomplishments in Caribbean herpetology. ...I believe that this interesting book is an appropriate tribute to the amazing career of Albert Schwartz and will serve as a benchmark for years to come... --Richard Franz, University of Florida, for COPEIA (2000) The most complete review of the literature on the ecology and evolutionary history of amphibians and reptiles of the Caribbean, to date. ...An excellent reference book for herpetologists, ecologists, and conservation biologists interested in the region. --NORTHEASTERN NATURALIST (2000) An excellent, well-written source book... --CHOICE (December 1999) ...a valuable tool for herpetologists interested in the Caribbean. --BIOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY
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