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Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia is a complete guide to Australia’s rich and varied herpetofauna, including frogs, crocodiles, turtles, tortoises, lizards and snakes. For each of the 1,218 species there is a description of its appearance, distribution and habits. Each species is accompanied by a distribution map and, in many cases, one of the book's more than 1000 color photographs of living animals.
The book also includes 130 simple-to-use dichotomous keys--accompanied by hundreds of explanatory drawings--which in most cases allow a specimen in hand to be identified. In addition, it has a comprehensive list of scientific references for those wishing to conduct more in-depth research, an extensive glossary, and basic guides to the collection, preservation and captive care of specimens.
This classic work was originally published in 1975. The updated seventh edition contains a new Appendix that discusses recent changes and lists over 80 new or resurrected species and genera that have been added to the Australian frog and reptile fauna since the 2014 edition.
RECOMMENDATION: A must have for those with a serious interest in the herpetofauna of Australia.
Review of the first edition:
"Lindenmayer and Likens have distilled decades of experience into a book about how to study the long, large, and slow processes of ecological change....This volume illuminates the practical as well as the deep intellectual challenges of long-term science."
Journeys with a Naturalist
“Ian Fraser is one of the country’s most accomplished natural history writers.”
Sean Dooley, Australian Birdlife, on Australian Bird Names
Myths, Misunderstandings and Human Fear
“In Shark Attacks: Myths, Misunderstandings and Human Fear, author and shark researcher Blake Chapman deftly explores the tension between risk and human fear and the need to conserve sharks and protect the important ecological roles they play in our marine environments. A marine biologist, Chapman presents scientific information about shark biology, movement patterns, and feeding behavior. She discusses the role of fear in the way we think about sharks and the influence of the media on public perceptions. Moving first-hand accounts describe the deep and polarizing psychological impacts of shark attacks from a range of perspectives. Shark Attacks is an education in thinking through these emotive events and will help readers to navigate the controversial issues around mitigating shark attacks while conserving the sharks themselves. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, Shark Attacks is an impressively informative and highly recommended addition to both community and academic library collections, and will prove to be of special interest to students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject of sharks.”