Wildlife of the Caribbean

Wildlife of the Caribbean

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This is the first comprehensive illustrated guide to the natural world of the Caribbean islands. It contains 600 vivid color images featuring 451 species of plants, birds, mammals, fish, seashells, and much more. While the guide primarily looks at the most conspicuous and widespread species among the islands, it also includes rarely seen creatures--such as the Rhinoceros Iguana and Cuban Solenodon--giving readers a special sense of the region's diverse wildlife. Each species is represented by one or more color photos or illustrations; details regarding its identification, status, and distribution; and interesting aspects of its life history or relationship to humans. In addition, an introductory section focuses on the unique characteristics of the Caribbean's fauna and flora, the threats faced by both, and some of the steps being taken to sustain the area's extraordinary natural heritage. Wildlife of the Caribbean is the essential field guide for learning about the living wonders in this area of the world.
* The only guide of its kind for the Caribbean islands*600 detailed color images feature 451 amazing species* Straightforward descriptions suitable for general audience* Compact size makes the guide easy to carry
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 20.32mm | 510g
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • 1 Maps
  • 0691153825
  • 9780691153827
  • 589,576

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"This well-organized book is an exemplary resource on Caribbean wildlife. It fills a major gap in the literature for lay audiences and is most welcome."--Catherine Levy, Windsor Research Centre, Jamaica
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments 4 Introduction 4 Goal 4 Geographic Coverage 4 Species Coverage 5 Species Accounts 5 The Islands 8 Geography 8 Climate 8 Biogeography 8 Lost Faunas 10 Habitats 13 Hurricanes and Their Influence on Habitats and Wildlife 15 Folklore 16 Environmental Threats and Conservation 17 Environmental Threats 17 Conservation in Practice 26 Species Accounts Terrestrial Life 29 Plants 30 Terrestrial Mammals 92 Birds 100 Terrestrial Reptiles 196 Amphibians 212 Freshwater Fish and Shrimp 220 Terrestrial Invertebrates 222 Marine Life 229 Conserving the Marine Environment of the Caribbean and the World: A Global Imperative, by The Honorable Freundel Stuart, Q.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Barbados 230 Marine Mammals 232 Marine Reptiles 236 Marine Fish 238 Marine Plants and Invertebrates 268 Seashells (Mollusks) 280 References and Additional Reading 292 Glossary 296 Photograph, Illustration, and Text Edit Credits 297 Index 300
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"A fun all-on-one naturalist's guide to many of the plants, animals, and sea creatures that one may encounter in the Greater and Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean region... The species accounts contains many interesting tidbits on natural history and conservation."--Jeff Wells, Birds of Aruba site "This delightful pocket guide is a must-read for anyone planning a trip to the Caribbean region."--Lisa Miller, Reference Reviews
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About Herbert A. Raffaele

Herbert A. Raffaele has worked in the Caribbean for over four decades. He directed wildlife conservation for Puerto Rico's Department of Natural Resources and served as chief of Latin American and Caribbean programs for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. James W. Wiley has conducted ornithological research throughout the Caribbean since 1972. Raffaele and Wiley are coauthors of Birds of the West Indies (Princeton).
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