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Riassunto: Nearly thirty years after the publication of the last detailed book on the newts and salamanders of Europe, this book at last provides a much needed, modern coverage of the ecology, behavior, evolution, and conservation of these fascinating amphibians. The author abandons the popular conception of amphibians as a primitive group poorly adapted to life on land. Indeed, he shows how the diversity of newt and salamanders life-styles underlines how this relatively small group of animals have survived in such diverse habitats as underground caves, mountain tops, tropical forests, and the Siberian tundra. Delightfully illustrated and fully referenced throughout, the book synthesizes much recent research into a lively and readable format that will be of interest to both experienced and inexperienced herpetologists and natural historians. Given recent concern over global amphibian declines, newts and salamanders have been the focus of considerable media attention and scientific work in recent years. This book describes how an understanding of the ecology and habitat requirements of these animals can lead to more effective conservation measures.
* Presents the first synthesis of research for nearly 30 years
* Reviews current conservation issues
* Provides up-to-date species accounts and color photos
* Includes a user-friendly guide to the relationships between different species and subspecies
L'autore: Dr. Richard Griffiths studied zoology at the University if London and gained a doctorate for research on the behavior of newts and salamanders. He has since traveled widely in Europe to study amphibians and had carried out research and consultancies on all the British species. He holds a lectureship in biodiversity conservation at the University of Kent, and is a Council Member of the British Herpetological Society.
Condizione libro: New
Descrizione libro Academic Press, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX012303955X