The Amphibians And Reptiles Of Costa Rica: A Herpetofauna between Two Continents, between Two Seas

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byJay M. Savage

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World-renowned for its biological diversity and model conservation system, Costa Rica is home to a wide variety of amphibians and reptiles, from the golden toad to the scorpion lizard to the black-headed bushmaster. Jay M. Savage has studied these fascinating creatures for more than forty years, and in The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica he provides the most comprehensive, up-to-date treatment of their biology and evolution ever produced.

Costa Rica has played, and continues to play, a pivotal role in the study of tropical biology as well as the development of ecotourism and ecoprospecting, in part because more than half of the amphibians and reptiles in Costa Rica are also found elsewhere in Central America. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica will be an essential book for a wide audience of nature lovers, naturalists, ecotourists, field biologists, conservationists, government planners, and those interested in Central America more generally.

"Written for the enthusiast as well as for the field researcher, this work is an excellent reference source for each of the 396 species of amphibians and reptiles that can be found in Costa Rica. Includes complete full-color photographs of all known species in the region, as well as maps showing their distribution patterns. . . . A must-have book for any library with interests in this subject area."—J. Elliott, Southeastern Naturalist

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World-renowned for its biological diversity and model conservation system, Costa Rica is home to a wide variety of amphibians and reptiles, from the golden toad to the scorpion lizard to the black-headed bushmaster. Jay M. Savage has studied these fascinating creatures for more than forty years, and in The Amphibians and Reptiles of Co...

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World renowned for its biological diversity and model conservation system, Costa Rica is home to a wide variety of amphibians and reptiles, from the golden toad to the scorpion lizard and the black-headed bushmaster. Jay M. Savage has studied these fascinating creatures for more than forty years, and in The Amphibians and Reptiles of C...

Jay M. Savage is emeritus professor of biology at the University of Miami and adjunct professor of biology at San Diego State University. He is the author of Evolution, coauthor of Introduction to the Herpetofauna of Costa Rica, and the editor of Ecological Aspects of Development in the Humid Tropics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:954 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 1.7 inPublished:December 1, 2005Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226735389

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Table of Contents

List of Keys

Preface

Acknowledgments

Photographers' Acknowledgments

Illustration Credits

PART 1 THE BASICS

1Discovering a Tropical Herpetofauna

2 The Costa Rican Environment

3 Organization of the Systematic Accounts
(How to Use this Book)

PART 2 LIVING AMPHIBIANS

4 Amphibians (Class Amphibia)

5 Caecilians (Order Gmynophiona)

6 Salamanders (Order Caudata)

7 Frogs and Toads (Order Anura)

PART 3 LIVING REPTILES

8 Reptiles (Class Reptilia)

9 Squamates (Order Squamata)

10 Lizards (Suborder Sauria)

11 Snakes (Suborder Serpentes)

12 Turtles (Order Testudinata)

13 Crocodilians (Order Crocodilia)

PART 4 BIOGEOGRAPHY AND EVOLUTION

14 Ecological Distribution of the Herpetofauna

15 Geographic Distribution: Historical Units, Faunal Areas,
Endemism, and General Patterns

16 Development of the Herpetofauna

Addendum

Glossary

Literature Cited

Systematic Index

Subject Index