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Wildlife of the Galapagos

Format:  Paperback,

256 pages

Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr

Publish Date: Jul 2002

ISBN-13: 9780691102955

ISBN-10: 0691102953

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The Galapagos is a truly special place. Unlike the rest of the world's archipelagoes, it still has 95 percent of its prehuman quota of species. "Wildlife of the Galapagos" is the most superbly illustrated and comprehensive identification guide ever to the natural splendor of these incomparable islands--islands today threatened by alien species and diseases that have diminished but not destroyed what so enchanted Darwin on his arrival there in 1835. Covering over 200 commonly seen birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, and plants, it reveals the archipelago's striking beauty through more than 400 color photographs, maps, and drawings and well-written, informative text.

While the Galapagos Giant Tortoise, the Galapagos Sea Lion, and the Flightless Cormorant are recognized the world over, these thirty-three islands--in the Pacific over 600 miles from mainland Ecuador--are home to many more unique but less famous species. Here, reptiles well outnumber mammals, for they were much better at drifting far from a continent the archipelago was never connected with; the largest native land mammals are rice rats. The islands' sixty resident bird species include the only penguin to breed entirely in the tropics and to inhabit the Northern Hemisphere.

There is a section offering tips on photography in the Equatorial sunlight, and maps of visitors' sites as well as information on the archipelago's history, climate, geology, and conservation. "Wildlife of the Galapagos" is the perfect companion for anyone who wants to know what so delighted Darwin. Covers over 200 commonly seen species including birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, plants, and coastal and marine lifeIllustrated with over 400 color photographs, maps, and drawings; includes maps of visitors' sitesWritten by wildlife experts with extensive knowledge of the areaIncludes information on the history, climate, geology, and conservation of the islandsThe most complete identification guide to the wildlife of the Galapagos

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Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr
Publish Date: Jul 2002
ISBN-13: 9780691102955
ISBN-10: 0691102953
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.85
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.5 x 7.25 x 0.75

Chapter outline

Forewardp. 4
The Authorsp. 5
Acknowledgementsp. 6
Conservation Pleap. 7
Introductionp. 8
National Park Rulesp. 12
A Travellers' Guide to Safari Photographyp. 14
Key to Species' Statusp. 22
Birdsp. 23
Reptilesp. 82
Aquatic Mammalsp. 100
Land Mammalsp. 112
Invertebratesp. 114
Plantsp. 134
Geology and Vulcanologyp. 200
Historyp. 206
Ocean Currents and Climate--El Nintilde;op. 212
Conservationp. 216
Notes for the Visitorp. 221
Visitor Sitesp. 222
Bibliographyp. 247
Glossaryp. 249
Indexp. 250

Book description

The Galpagos is a truly special place. Unlike the rest of the world's archipelagoes, it still has 95 percent of its prehuman quota of species. Wildlife of the Galpagos is the most superbly illustrated and comprehensive identification guide ever to the natural splendor of these incomparable islands--islands today threatened by alien species and diseases that have diminished but not destroyed what so enchanted Darwin on his arrival there in 1835. Covering over 200 commonly seen birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, and plants, it reveals the archipelago's striking beauty through more than 400 color photographs, maps, and drawings and well-written, informative text.

While the Galpagos Giant Tortoise, the Galpagos Sea Lion, and the Flightless Cormorant are recognized the world over, these thirty-three islands--in the Pacific over 600 miles from mainland Ecuador--are home to many more unique but less famous species. Here, reptiles well outnumber mammals, for they were much better at drifting far from a continent the archipelago was never connected with; the largest native land mammals are rice rats. The islands' sixty resident bird species include the only penguin to breed entirely in the tropics and to inhabit the Northern Hemisphere.

There is a section offering tips on photography in the Equatorial sunlight, and maps of visitors' sites as well as information on the archipelago's history, climate, geology, and conservation. Wildlife of the Galpagos is the perfect companion for anyone who wants to know what so delighted Darwin.

  • Covers over 200 commonly seen species including birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, plants, and coastal and marine life
  • Illustrated with over 400 color photographs, maps, and drawings; includes maps of visitors' sites
  • Written by wildlife experts with extensive knowledge of the area
  • Includes information on the history, climate, geology, and conservation of the islands
  • The most complete identification guide to the wildlife of the Galpagos

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