First published in 2000, the Collins Field Guide to New Zealand Wildflife quickly became a classic of its kind. Familiar to both national and international travellers keen to identify the birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, freshwater fish and invertebrates commonly encountered in this country, its combination of authoritative yet clear and precise textual descriptions and stunning photographs proved an instant winner. Now, more than 10 years on, this classic field guide has been updated and extended to make it even more useful to travellers with an interest in natural history and ecology. Retaining its useful glovebox-friendly format, the significantly expanded text will also include the latest research findings and changes in classification and nomenclature that have occurred in the past 10 years, along with new photographs where appropriate. Including both native and introduced species, each entry succinctly describes both habits and habitats, distribution, classification, breeding patterns, food and recognition tips to assist amateur identification.
New Zealand is a popular tourist destination with a wide range of dramatic scenery and a long list of endemic species. Although the country's wildlife has suffered as a result of unwelcome introductions, most species have managed to survive thanks to a number of dedicated and inspired conservationists. This glorious photographic field guide illustrates most of the vertebrate species to be found there, as well as a large number of typical invertebrates and flora. The photographs are accompanied by a succinct text, and this portable guide will be invaluable to all visitors to the country with an interest in natural history.
A revised edition of the book that was first published in 1968. Over 300 species of trees, shrubs, grasses and herbs are presented according to the ecological zone where they are to be found, with photographs, many at high magnification, and descriptions to enable identification.
At the biological crossroads of the Americas, Costa Rica hosts an astonishing array of plants and animals—over half a million species! Ecotourists, birders, and biologists come from around the world to immerse themselves in the country's unspoiled rain forests, mountains, and beaches, drawn by the likelihood of seeing more than three or four hundred species of birds and other animals during even a short stay. To help all of these visitors and local residents identify and enjoy the wildlife of Costa Rica, this field guide presents nearly three hundred species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, moths, and other invertebrates. Carrol Henderson, an experienced wildlife biologist, traveler, and tour leader in Costa Rica, has chosen the species that ecotourists are most likely to see, along with a selection of rarer, sought-after animals. He gives a general introduction to each group of animals, followed by individual species accounts that highlight identification features and interesting ecological adaptations for survival. His stunning close-up photographs and distribution maps complete each entry. In addition, Henderson includes a wealth of data about Costa Rica's natural environment, as well as a trip preparation checklist and lists of conservation organizations, wildlife tourism sites, and wildlife vocalization tapes and CDs. With so much information so readily and readably accessible, this field guide will be essential for planning and enjoying your time in Costa Rica.
In New Zealand, the introduced species vastly outnumber the native species. The second edition of The Handbook of New Zealand Mammals is an invaluable field guide that examines the diverse and fascinating ways these species have established themselves and adapted to co-existing in the foreign environment. All species are set out in a standardised form for easy reference, and include accounts of measurements, distribution (world wide and in New Zealand), habitat, social organisation and behaviour, reproduction and development, predators, parasites, diseases, and their significance to the New Zealand environment. The ecology, behaviour, interactions, and population dynamics of mammals in New Zealand, both native and introduced, are of interest to mammal biologists everywhere. This book also aims to stimulate further interest and promote new research into the country's fascinating ecology.
A single small format colour guidebook packed with information on over 700 species of birds, insects, reptiles, marine mammals, land mammals, trees and shrubs, vines and epiphytes, herbs, ferns, grasses, mosses and lichens. Organised in such a way as to make identification as easy as possible.
Illustrated with extraordinary new photography, this is the definitive field guide to all of New Zealand’s tuatara, geckos, skinks, frogs, marine turtles and marine snakes. From the ancient tuatara, the sole surviving member of its order, to the world’s largest collection of long-lived and live-bearing lizards, our geckos and skinks, New Zealand’s 123 species of reptiles and amphibians represent an extraordinary aspect of this country’s biodiversity. Reptiles and Amphibians of New Zealand is the only field guide to cover all currently recognised species and packed with expert and up-to-date information on all 123 species of reptiles and amphibians in New Zealand covered with more than 400 new photographs and range maps for every species. It also features an introduction to evolution, conservation, observing and collecting, ecosystems and geographic history. It is the authoritative text on every species, including names, description, distribution, variation and similar species, habitat and natural history and features identification keys for each of the major groups. New Zealand’s list of reptiles and amphibians is growing with new discoveries, even as 80 per cent of species are at risk of extinction. This will be the only field guide to cover all currently recognised reptiles and amphibians and will become a go-to book for anyone interested in New Zealand’s unique wildlife.