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This is the first comprehensive illustrated guide to the natural world of the Caribbean islands. It contains 600 vivid color images featuring 451 species of plants, birds, mammals, fish, seashells, and much more. While the guide primarily looks at the most conspicuous and widespread species among the islands, it also includes rarely seen creatures—such as the Rhinoceros Iguana and Cuban Solenodon—giving readers a special sense of the regions diverse wildlife.

Each species is represented by one or more color photos or illustrations; details regarding its identification, status, and distribution; and interesting aspects of its life history or relationship to humans. In addition, an introductory section focuses on the unique characteristics of the Caribbeans fauna and flora, the threats faced by both, and some of the steps being taken to sustain the areas extraordinary natural heritage.

Wildlife of the Caribbean is the essential field guide for learning about the living wonders in this area of the world.

  • The only guide of its kind for the Caribbean islands
  • 600 detailed color images feature 451 amazing species
  • Straightforward descriptions suitable for general audience
  • Compact size makes the guide easy to carry


"This well-organized book is an exemplary resource on Caribbean wildlife. It fills a major gap in the literature for lay audiences and is most welcome."--Catherine Levy, Windsor Research Centre, Jamaica

About the Author

Herbert A. Raffaele has worked in the Caribbean for over four decades. He directed wildlife conservation for Puerto Ricos Department of Natural Resources and served as chief of Latin American and Caribbean programs for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. James W. Wiley has conducted ornithological research throughout the Caribbean since 1972. Raffaele and Wiley are coauthors of Birds of the West Indies (Princeton).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 4

Introduction 4

Goal 4

Geographic Coverage 4

Species Coverage 5

Species Accounts 5

The Islands 8

Geography 8

Climate 8

Biogeography 8

Lost Faunas 10

Habitats 13

Hurricanes and Their Influence on Habitats and Wildlife 15

Folklore 16

Environmental Threats and Conservation 17

Environmental Threats 17

Conservation in Practice 26

Species Accounts

Terrestrial Life 29

Plants 30

Terrestrial Mammals 92

Birds 100

Terrestrial Reptiles 196

Amphibians 212

Freshwater Fish and Shrimp 220

Terrestrial Invertebrates 222

Marine Life 229

Conserving the Marine Environment of the Caribbean and the World: A Global Imperative, by The Honorable Freundel Stuart, Q.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Barbados 230

Marine Mammals 232

Marine Reptiles 236

Marine Fish 238

Marine Plants and Invertebrates 268

Seashells (Mollusks) 280

References and Additional Reading 292

Glossary 296

Photograph, Illustration, and Text Edit Credits 297

Index 300

Product Details

Raffaele, Herbert A.
Princeton University Press
Wiley, James
Birds and Natural History
Biological Sciences.
Popular science
Reference Works and Anthologies
Nature Studies-World Wildlife
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600 color illus. 1 map.
8 x 5 in

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Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Central and South America
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General

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Product details 304 pages Princeton University Press - English 9780691153827 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "This well-organized book is an exemplary resource on Caribbean wildlife. It fills a major gap in the literature for lay audiences and is most welcome."--Catherine Levy, Windsor Research Centre, Jamaica
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