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Frankfurt am Main 2013, hardcover, 220 pages, more than 500 colour photos
This first monograph dealing with the strawberry poison frog covers a huge variety of aspects . Beginning with a description of the natural habitat and the distribution of Oophaga pumilio several issues are discussed: Why do some morphs of this species obviously show an aposematic colouration whereas others show a cryptic colouration? In the centre of the book the morphs that were genetically clearly defined recently are presented in a table. This overview shows the local distribution, the range of colours and patterns and the maximum size that can be reached, respectively. This section is illustrated with approx. 200 photos made by the late Chris van der Lingen. A large chapter then offers information on captive husbandy of Oophaga pumilio. Frank Steinmann put the focus here on compiling a large variety of materials that can be used to build a nice tropical terrarium, but he also recommends to consider the impact of using tropical plants. Feeder animals are also discussed as well as the technical settings that are required to fulfill the needs of a poison dart frog. The large variety of plants that is available for frog enthusiasts nowadays and that make a terrarium an attractive set-up for everybody supplements this book.
• 49 pp.
• 300 Color swatches
• 24 Color Fotos
• Bilingual Edition: English/Spanish
• ISBN 978-3-936180-40-4
The accurate description of the coloration in life of organisms represents an important component of the work of any field biologist. The Color Catalogue for Field Biologists helps to produce more objective and detailed descriptions that also have a greater chance of being reproducible.
• 300 color swatches arranged in order of similarity of the colors
• Defintions of descriptive terms
• Photographic examples to illustrate these terms
• How to prepare a color description in life
• Examples of a color description in life
• 378 pp
• 930 color photographs
• ISBN 978-3-936180-33-6
This book is a completely up-dated and fully colored illustrated guide to the 598 species of amphibians that are known to occur in the region extending from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Mexico to the southern extent of the Panamanian isthmus.
• The rich illustrated keys for identification will prove useful to anyone who has a doubt about what amphibian is in hand.
• Color photographs of almost 90 percent of the species in life are provided for the caecilians, salamanders and frogs.
• With expertly done line drawings of
• Distribution maps to all species.
• Identification key for the anuran tadpoles.
• Up to date information on amphibian
declines and extinctions.
• and more ...
Reptiles of Central America
With a foreword by Larry David Wilson
• New edition 2008
• 400 pp., 816 color photos
• Hard Cover, Size 17 x 23.5 cm
• ISBN 978-3-936180-28-2
This book is a completely up-dated and fully colored illustrated guide to the 554 species of crocodiles, turtles, lizards and snakes that are known to occur in the region extending from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Mexico to the southern extent of the Panamanian isthmus.
2nd revised and updated edition 2008:
• 300 new photographs.
• 33 more pages.
• Identification keys revised and updated.
• This new edition treats 557 species, an increase of 20 species over the 537
species of crocodilians, turtles, lizards, amphisbaenians, and snakes covered in the 2003 edition.
Central America is one of the world´s foremost biodiversity hotspots?a region characterized by a high level of species richness and endemism. This book is a completely up-dated and fully illustrated guide to the 557 species of reptiles that are known to occur in the region extending from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Mexico to the southern extent of the Panamanian isthmus (southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama). It is based on extensive field research carried out by the author and also on a thorough analysis of the scientific literature, producing a Literature Cited section of several hundred entries.
The species accounts and keys for identification will prove useful to anyone who has a doubt about what reptile is in hand. The text is accompanied by professional quality color photographs of more than 400 of the 557 species and expertly done line drawings of diagnostic features. Generalized distribution maps for all reptile species. The 16.5 cm by 23.5 cm (6 and 1/2 by 9 inch) size is convenient for portage into the field.
Finally, after more than three decades, we have a fitting modern treatment of the herpetofauna of Middle America, which has been wanting since the classic work by James L. Peters and his coworkers appeared in 1970. Middle America is an important reservoir of herpetodiversity, much of which evolved in situ, and it deserves the kind of attention Gunther Köhler has provided. Larry David Wilson (from foreword to the book)