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Illustrated with extraordinary new photography, this is the definitive field guide to all of New Zealand's tuatara, geckos, skinks, frogs, marine turtles and marine snakes. From the ancient tuatara, the sole surviving member of its order, to the world's largest collection of long-lived and live-bearing lizards, our geckos and skinks, New Zealand's 123 species of reptiles and amphibians represent an extraordinary aspect of this country's biodiversity. Reptiles and Amphibians of New Zealand is the only field guide to cover all currently recognised species. New Zealand's list of reptiles and amphibians is growing with new discoveries, even as 80 per cent of species are at risk of extinction. This is the only field guide to cover all currently recognised reptiles and amphibians and will become a go-to book for anyone interested in New Zealand's unique wildlife.
Key features include:
- Expert and up-to-date information on all 123 species of reptiles and amphibians in New Zealand.
- More than 400 new photographs.
- Range maps for every species.
- Introduction to evolution, conservation, observing and collecting, ecosystems and geographic history.
- Authoritative text on every species, including names, description, distribution, variation and similar species, habitat and natural history.
- Identification keys for each of the major groups.
- Regional checklist and a handy quick guide on the inside flaps.
Dylan van Winkel is a wildlife ecologist and consultant herpetologist based in New Zealand. He has a strong interest in the natural world, specifically in reptile and amphibian conservation. Dylan has been involved in numerous research and conservation programmes, including several wildlife translocations and island restoration projects. He is also a technical advisor to the Ministry for Primary Industries, providing species identifications, biosecurity risk assessments, and eradication advice for foreign herpetofauna arriving on New Zealand's shores. Dylan currently works for Bioresearches Group Ltd.
Marleen Baling is a wildlife ecologist with a particular interest in New Zealand herpetology. She has been involved in numerous reptile research and conservation projects in the last sixteen years. She has worked with many organisations on their wildlife restoration management including reptile translocations and monitoring. She is a member of the IUCN Reintroduction Specialist Group, Oceania Section.
Rod Hitchmough is a Department of Conservation science advisor, specialising in lizard taxonomy, herpetology and conservation, and the assessment of species' conservation status. He has been involved in studies of the taxonomy of New Zealand geckos since the 1970s, and is currently preparing scientific descriptions for new species. He has also co-authored papers on skink taxonomy. Until recently he managed the process of listing species using the New Zealand Threat Classification System, running meetings of expert panels for 28 different groups of animals, plants and fungi.