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Academic & Professional Books  Reptiles & Amphibians  Reptiles & Amphibians: General

Handbuch der Reptilien und Amphibien Europas, Band 6 Die Reptilien der Kanarischen Inseln, der Selvagens-Inseln und des Madeira-Archipels

Flora / Fauna Identification Key
By: Wolfgang Bischoff(Editor)
456 pages, 8 plates with colour photos; 100 b/w illustrations and b/w distribution maps, 21 tables
Publisher: Aula Verlag
Handbuch der Reptilien und Amphibien Europas, Band 6
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Language: German

This multi-volume work offers a comprehensive overview of the entire herpetofauna of Europe. For each species of reptile and amphibian found in Europe, detailed species-specific data and information are compiled. Specialists were invited to write the treatment of each species. The careful editing by the publisher leads to a great uniformity of the entire work.

This present volume of the manual has a special position in the series for several reasons. The island groups treated here belong to Europe politically, but are geographically distinct parts of Africa. However, since the islands – never affected by volcanism – never had permanent contact with Africa, a unique endemic fauna developed there, amongst which are the most spectacular living representatives of the lizards.

This little "Galapagos in front of Europe's doorstep" is the subject of this volume, which probably gives for the first time an overview of the interesting herpetofauna of these island groups. In addition to five gecko species, three skinks and eight lizards are described. A special chapter deals with the giant fossil lizards of the Canaries, of which one species has recently been rediscovered as a "living fossil".

Summary in German:
Dieses mehrbändige Werk bietet einen umfassenden Überblick über die gesamte Herpetofauna Europas. Für jede in Europa vorkommende Art der Reptilien und Amphibien sind ausführliche artspezifische Daten und lnfomationen zusammengestellt. Als Autoren wurden für die Behandlung der einzelnen Arten jeweils Spezialisten gewonnen. Die sorgfältige Bearbeitung durch den Herausgeber führt zu einer großen Einheitlichkeit des gesamtwerkes.

Dieser vorliegende Band des Handbuches nimmt aus mehreren Gründen eine Sonderstellung in der Reihe ein. Die hier behandelten lnselgruppen gehören politisch wohl Europa an, sind aber geographisch gesehen eindeutig Teile Afrikas. Da die Inseln jedoch – durch Vulkanismus emporgehoben – nie einen festen Kontakt mit Afrika hatten, hat sich dort eine einmalige endemische Fauna entwickelt, zu deren spektakulärsten lebenden Vertretern die Echsen gehören.

Dieses kleine "Galapagos vor der europäischen Haustür" ist Gegenstand dieses Bandes, der damit wohl erstmalig einen Überblick über die interessante Herpetofauna dieser Insel gruppen gibt. Neben fünf Gecko-Arten werden drei Skinke und acht Eidechsenarten beschrieben. Ein spezielles Kapitel behandelt die fossilen Rieseneidechsen der Kanaren, von denen eine Art erst kürzlich als "lebendes Fossil" wiederentdeckt wurde.

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Flora / Fauna Identification Key
By: Wolfgang Bischoff(Editor)
456 pages, 8 plates with colour photos; 100 b/w illustrations and b/w distribution maps, 21 tables
Publisher: Aula Verlag
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