The Book Of Frogs

Author: Tim Halliday
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022618479X
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With over 7,000 known species, frogs display a stunning array of forms and behaviors. A single gram of the toxin produced by the skin of the Golden Poison Frog can kill 100,000 people. Male Darwin’s Frogs carry their tadpoles in their vocal sacs for sixty days before coughing them out into the world. The Wood Frogs of North America freeze every winter, reanimating in the spring from the glucose and urea that prevent cell collapse. The Book of Frogs commemorates the diversity and magnificence of all of these creatures, and many more. Six hundred of nature’s most fascinating frog species are displayed, with each entry including a distribution map, sketches of the frogs, species identification, natural history, and conservation status. Life-size color photos show the frogs at their actual size—including the colossal seven-pound Goliath Frog. Accessibly written by expert Tim Halliday and containing the most up-to-date information, The Book of Frogs will captivate both veteran researchers and amateur herpetologists. As frogs increasingly make headlines for their troubling worldwide decline, the importance of these fascinating creatures to their ecosystems remains underappreciated. The Book of Frogs brings readers face to face with six hundred astonishingly unique and irreplaceable species that display a diverse array of adaptations to habitats that are under threat of destruction throughout the world.

The Book Of Caterpillars

Author: David G. James
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022628736X
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From Ivy: Butterflies and moths are among the most studied creatures in nature. Caterpillars, the juvenile stage, are just as diverse and alluring--and deserve to be admired and observed just as closely. Now, with The Book of Caterpillars, they can be. This taxonomic survey profiles 600 key species from around the world, with spectacular imagery and authoritative text. Each entry details the attributes of the species, uncovers their camouflage and forms, and describes the defenses that they employ. Photographs show both a life-size view and a magnified close-up, and every entry also includes an engraving of the adult, a population distribution map, and a table of essential information. A definitive resource for all enthusiasts.

The Book Of Snakes

Author: Mark O'Shea
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ISBN: 9780226459394
Size: 63.10 MB
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For millennia, humans have regarded snakes with an exceptional combination of fasciation and revulsion. Some people recoil in fear at the very suggestion of a snake, while others keep sixty-pound Boa constrictors as pets. They were etched as hieroglyphics into to stone and now appear as coiled pixels on our phones. And for as many meanings that we attribute to these creatures--from fertility and birth to sin and death--the real-life species present an even wider array of wonders. The Book of Snakes presents 600 species of snakes from around the world, covering one in six of all snake species. It is one of the few books on these creatures that encompasses a broad, worldwide sample. It will bring greater understanding of a group of reptiles that have existed for over 60 million years, and that now inhabit every continent except Antarctica, and two of the great oceans. Not only have snakes adapted to live in a vast array of habitats and microhabitats, they have also evolved to prey on a vast array of their fellow inhabitants. This volume pairs spectacular photos with easy-to-digest text. Entries include close-ups of the snake's head and a segment of the snake at actual size--the tiny Texas Threadsnake fits atop a few words of text while a Green Anaconda (the heaviest snake in the world) spills off the page. The detailed images allow readers to examine the intricate scale patterns and rainbow of colors as well as special features like a cobra's hood or a rattlesnake's rattle. The text is written for laypeople and includes a glossary of frequently used terms. Herpetologists and ophiophilists alike will delight in this collection, and even those with a more cautious stance on snakes will find themselves drawn in by the wild diversity of the Serpentes suborder.

The Book Of Fungi

Author: Peter Roberts
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ISBN: 9781908005854
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The fifth order of the natural kingdom is made up of an estimated 15 million species of fungi, found in every habitat type worldwide The Book of Fungi takes 600 of the most remarkable fleshy fungi from around the world and reproduces each at its actual size, in full colour, and accompanied by a scientific explanation of its distribution, habitat, association, abundance, growth form, spore colour and edibility Location maps give at-a-glance indications of each species’ known global distribution, and specially commissioned engravings show different fruitbody forms and provide the vital statistics of height and diameter There’s a place, too, for readers to discover the more bizarre habits of fungi - from the predator that hunts its prey with lassos to the one that entices sows by releasing the pheromones of a wild boar Mushrooms, morels, puffballs, toadstools, truffles, chanterelles - fungi from habitats spanning the poles and the tropics, from the highest mountains to our own gardens - are all on display in this definitive work

The Book Of Snakes

Author: MARK. O'SHEA
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ISBN: 9781782405597
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There are over 3,600 species of snake found on every continent except for Antarctica, ranging in size from Barbados' tiny threadsnake to Southeast Asia's massive reticulated python. More than any other creature snakes are surrounded by dark, compelling myths and legend, unsurprising since many constrict their prey to death, or kill with a venomous bite, using a diverse armory of venoms that affect the blood, tissues, organs, and respiration. However, it is especially true of snakes that the closer you observe them, the more exquisite they are in their intricate geometry of pattern, the fine texture of the overlapping scales, and the intricacies of their multifarious lifestyles. The Book of Snakes profiles 600 significant species from all 32 families--one in six of all known species--to create a beautiful collector's piece that is both a significant resource for enthusiasts and scholars, and the most visually stimulating guide on the market.

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ISBN: 1782405208
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America S Snake

Author: Ted Levin
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022604064X
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The ominous rattle of the timber rattlesnake is a chilling shorthand for imminent danger, and a reminder of the countless ways that nature can suddenly snuff us out. Though they're found in thirty-one states, and near many major cities, in contemporary America timber rattlesnakes are creatures mostly of imagination and innate fear. Levin takes us from labs where the secrets of the snake's evolutionary history are being unlocked to far-flung habitats to explore the painful struggles involved in protecting and preserving its natural world.

Eye Of Newt And Toe Of Frog Adder S Fork And Lizard S Leg

Author: Marty Crump
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022611600X
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Recent estimates suggest that nearly 3 million people in the US alone keep an amphibian or reptile as a pet. YouTube videos with odes to cane toads are ubiquitous. And yet amphibians and reptiles also keep extermination companies in business, and are reviled by many. These emotions pose great challenges to the conservation of these species, just as their populations in the natural world are in great decline. It can be quite hard to inspire stewardship of a tomato toad in the same way that one can more generally charismatic fauna like pandas and polar bears. In response, herpetologists have created large-scale programs such as Amphibian Ark, the umbrella organization behind the Year of the Frog campaign, http: //www.amphibianark.org/, to educate and enthrall citizens with the charm of the more slimy species of the planet. Few herpetologists have contributed more to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles than Marty Crump, a renowned expert on declining amphibians. This manuscript is her ode to the toad, a masterful compilation of science and narrative centering on human relations with amphibians and reptiles across the globe. An intrepid explorer and skilled writer, Crump has gathered stories and myths and paired them with natural history to give a wonderful view of how essential amphibians and reptiles are to our well being. Using symbolism, folklore, and science, the manuscript also explores the conservation consequences of our complicated amorous and vexed affair with snakes, frogs, toads and other herpetofauna.

The Book Of Orchids

Author: Mark W. Chase
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022622452X
Size: 15.10 MB
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Mushroom

Author: Nicholas P. Money
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019991236X
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An illuminating look at the wonders of mushroom biology and an exploration of their enduring appeal