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New Zealand is a popular tourist destination with a wide range of dramatic scenery and a long list of endemic species. Although the country's wildlife has suffered as a result of unwelcome introductions, most species have managed to survive thanks to a number of dedicated and inspired conservationists. This glorious photographic field guide illustrates most of the vertebrate species to be found there, as well as a large number of typical invertebrates and flora. The photographs 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.
Author's introduction 7
Map of New Zealand 9
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
Amphibians & Reptiles 98
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
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).
"For the inquisitive visitor, this photographic field guide is the perfect companion – small and compact."
– Birding World (2010)