Wildlife of the Galapagos

Wildlife of the Galapagos : Second Edition

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Since its first publication more than a decade ago, Wildlife of the Galapagos has become the definitive, classic field guide to the natural splendors of this amazing part of the world. Now fully updated, this essential and comprehensive guide has been expanded to include the more than 400 commonly seen birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, and plants, and other coastal and marine life of this wondrous archipelago. Over 650 stunning color photographs, maps, and drawings are accompanied by accessible, descriptive text. This new edition includes information about all the common fish of the region and Spanish names are featured for the first time. There is also a revised section that discusses the islands' history, climate, geology, and conservation, with the most current details on visitor sites. This is the perfect portable companion for all nature enthusiasts interested in the astounding Galapagos.
* Covers 400+ commonly seen species, including birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, and plants, and other coastal and marine life* Illustrated with over 650 color photographs, maps, and drawings* Includes maps of visitor sites* Written by wildlife experts with extensive knowledge of the area* Includes information on the history, climate, geology, and conservation of the islands
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 114 x 191 x 22.86mm | 397g
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 650+ color illus.
  • 0691170428
  • 9780691170428
  • 83,869

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Praise for the first edition: "[Today] you'll find more than a dozen recent field guides to the wildlife of this most famous of archipelagos. But of the general guides, Wildlife of the Galápagos is by far the most complete and convenient. Well-organized, nicely illustrated and clearly written, it manages the delicate balance between breadth and depth, while covering all major groups of both land and marine animals and plants."--Adrian Barnett, New Scientist
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Table of contents

Foreword 4 The Authors 5 Acknowledgements 6 Conservation Plea 7 Introduction 8 National Park Rules 12 Photography Notes 13 Key to Species' Status 20 Birds 21 Reptiles 80 Marine Mammals 98 Land Mammals 110 Underwater Wildlife 112 Invertebrates 136 Vegetation Zones 156 Soils 161 Ecological Zones 161 Plants 161 Geology and Vulcanology 220 History 226 Ocean Currents 230 Conservation 233 Notes for the Visitor 237 Visitor Sites 238 Bibliography 280 Glossary 282 Index 283
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"[A] richly illustrated, informative field guide to the Galapagos Islands... When going to the Galapagos, this is the field guide the reviewer recommends packing."--Choice
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About Julian Fitter

Julian Fitter was one of the founders of the Galapagos Conservation Trust in the UK and is currently chairman of the Friends of Galapagos New Zealand. His son Daniel Fitter leads nature tours in the Galapagos and on mainland Ecuador. David Hosking, a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, is the coauthor of Wildlife of Southern Africa (Princeton).
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