By Brian I. Crother
Amphibians and reptiles are the main a variety of, varied, and regularly encountered animals at the Caribbean islands. This booklet presents a number of views in this outstanding crew of organisms. Caribbean Amphibians and Reptiles, compiled via a global workforce of zoologists, takes a clean and distinctive examine the advanced organic puzzle of the Caribbean. the 1st precise evaluate of the islands, it features a ancient exam of the folk who've studied the Caribbean amphibians and reptiles. The e-book studies the ecology, evolutionary background, and biogeographic reasons for the origins and variety of the region's fauna with island-by-island assurance. It places the Caribbean in viewpoint by way of evaluating the islands to vital the US and its amphibian reptile range. also, the publication comprises figures, tables, and colour plates which convey to existence many of the region's such a lot superb creatures. Key good points* offers the 1st entire assessment of amphibians and reptiles within the Caribbean* comprises colour plates and island maps* members are famous experts within the box
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All of the endemic freshwater sliders of the West Indies are being heavily exploited for food (photograph by Robert Powell). (I) Epicrates monensis from Isla Mona, Puerto Rico. A number of populations have been extirpated and others are threatened by introduced predators, habitat destruction, and stochastic xxx Legends to Color Plates processes resulting from population fragmentation and isolation (Tolson, 1996) (photograph by Peter J. Tolson). (J) The mongoose, Herpestes javanicus, is implicated in the extirpation of many West Indian species and populations of terrestrial snakes and lizards (Henderson, 1992) (photograph by Richard A.
Cope described this exact specimen as his new species Liophis putnamii but obscurely admits that the specimen is from Paris "Habitat. Martinique. Mus. Acad. ; Mus. ") Even 30 years after the 10th edition of the Systema Naturae, Lacrprde did not use the binomial consistently. Even in his new West Indian species, terrapen or roquet, and cursor, he used just the single name. Only for his new lanceolatus does he use C. for Coluber, the Linnaean genus in which he categorized this very venomous snake.
Scincus maximus fuscus" (pp. 334-335, Plate 273) = Celestus occiduus Shaw, 1802 Sloane called this "a G~liwasp," the first usage in English of this name for the genus now called Celestus. He described it as follows: "it was 11 inches long from head to tail, and six inches about the middle, where biggest, it was almost round every where from a sharp round snout, increasing to the middle, and from thence decreasing to the tail, which ended in a point; the back was hard and a little compress'd, and so was the belly, it had two round spiracula or nostrils in the two comers of the snout.
Caribbean Amphibians and Reptiles by Brian I. Crother