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A Neotropical Companion: An Introduction to the Animals, Plants, and Ecosystems of the New World Tropics

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Publisher Comments:

A Neotropical Companion is an extraordinarily readable introduction to the American tropics, the lands of Central and South America, their remarkable rainforests and other ecosystems, and the creatures that live there. It is the most comprehensive one-volume guide to the Neotropics available today. Widely praised in its first edition, it remains a book of unparalleled value to tourists, students, and scientists alike. This second edition has been substantially revised and expanded to incorporate the abundance of new scientific information that has been produced since it was first published in 1989. Major additions have been made to every chapter, and new chapters have been added on Neotropical ecosystems, human ecology, and the effects of deforestation. Biodiversity and its preservation are discussed throughout the book, and Neotropical evolution is described in detail. This new edition offers all new drawings and photographs, many of them in color.

As enthusiastic readers of the first edition will attest, this is a charming book. Wearing his learning lightly and writing with ease and humor, John Kricher presents the complexities of tropical ecology as accessible and nonintimidating. Kricher is so thoroughly knowledgeable and the book is so complete in its coverage that general readers and ecotourists will not need any other book to help them identify and understand the plants and animals, from birds to bugs, that they will encounter in their travels to the New World tropics. At the same time, it will fascinate armchair travelers and students who may get no closer to the Neotropics than this engagingly written book.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [396]-434) and indexes.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
A Personal Note to the Reader
Conversions
Ch. 1Tropical Climates and Ecosystems3
Ch. 2Rainforest Structure and Diversity21
Ch. 3How a Rainforest Functions44
Ch. 4Evolutionary Patterns in the Tropics75
Ch. 5Complexities of Coevolution and Ecology of Fruit126
Ch. 6The Neotropical Pharmacy144
Ch. 7Living Off the Land in the Tropics169
Ch. 8Rivers through Rainforest189
Ch. 9Introduction to the Andes and Tepuis218
Ch. 10Savannas and Dry Forests228
Ch. 11Coastal Ecosystems: Mangroves, Seagrass, and Coral Reefs239
Ch. 12Neotropical Birds251
Ch. 13A Rainforest Bestiary295
Ch. 14Deforestation and Conservation of Biodiversity334
Appendix"And Hey, Let's Be Careful Out There"377
Acronyms389
Glossary390
Neotropical Field Guides and Handbooks396
Recommended Book-Length References399
Literature Cited403
Index435

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691044330
Subtitle:
An Introduction to the Animals, Plants, and Ecosystems of the New World Tropics
Foreword:
Plotkin, Mark J.
Author:
Kricher, John C.
Author:
Plotkin, Mark
Author:
Kricher, John
Author:
Plotkin, Mark J.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Latin america
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Natural history -- Latin America.
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - General
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching
Subject:
Biological Sciences.
Subject:
Birds and Natural History
Subject:
Reference Works and Anthologies
Subject:
Popular science
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
2nd ed., rev. and expanded.
Series Volume:
no. 54
Publication Date:
19971019
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
177 color illus. 86 line illus.
Pages:
504
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 29 oz

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Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Central and South America
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