Caribbean Amphibians and Reptiles

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Caribbean Amphibians and Reptiles

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9780121979553: Caribbean Amphibians and Reptiles

Amphibians and reptiles are the most numerous, diverse, and frequently encountered animals on the Caribbean islands. This book provides a variety of perspectives on this amazing group of organisms. Caribbean Amphibians and Reptiles, compiled by an international team of zoologists, 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 reptile diversity. Additionally, the book includes figures, tables, and color plates which bring to life some of the region's most spectacular creatures.

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* Presents the first complete review of amphibians and reptiles in the Caribbean
* Includes color plates and island maps
* Contributors are recognized authorities in the field

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The most numerous, diverse, and frequently encountered animals on Caribbean islands are amphibians and reptiles. Caribbean Amphibians and Reptilestakes a detailed look at this amazing assemblage of organisms. With its island-by-island coverage of the herpetofauna, this volume is the first overview of the fascinating region and also includes an historical examination of the people who have studied Caribbean amphibians and reptiles. In addition, the ecology, evolutionary history, and biogeographica exlanations of the origins and diversity of the fauna are reviewed. Finally, these Caribbean animals are compared to the amphibian and reptile diversity of Central America. Throughout the volume are figures, tables, and a section of color plates that bring to life some of the region's spectacular creatures.

About the Author:

Brian I. Crother received his B.A. from California State University at Dominguez Hills and his Ph.D. from the University of Miami, Florida, where he was a Maytag Fellow. His doctoral work involved studying the evolutionary history of Caribbean snakes. He continued his evolutionary history work at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was also curator of the reptile and amphibian collection at the Texas Memorial Museum. He is now an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at Southeastern Louisiana University. He has published numerous technical papers and book chapters and is the Editor of Herpetological Monographs. He has also been listed in the National Who's Who of Teachers and has received extramural funding of his research from several sources, including the Jesse Noyes Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

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