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Reptiles of Central America

 

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Reptiles of Central America
With a foreword by Larry David Wilson

Gunther Köhler

• New edition 2008
• 400 pp., 816 color photos
• Hard Cover, Size 17 x 23.5 cm
• ISBN 978-3-936180-28-2

This book is a completely up-dated and fully colored illustrated guide to the 554 species of crocodiles, turtles, lizards and snakes that are known to occur in the region extending from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Mexico to the southern extent of the Panamanian isthmus.

2nd revised and updated edition 2008:
• 300 new photographs.
• 33 more pages.
• Identification keys revised and updated.
• This new edition treats 557 species, an increase of 20 species over the 537
species of crocodilians, turtles, lizards, amphisbaenians, and snakes covered in the 2003 edition.

Central America is one of the world´s foremost biodiversity hotspots?a region characterized by a high level of species richness and endemism. This book is a completely up-dated and fully illustrated guide to the 557 species of reptiles that are known to occur in the region extending from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Mexico to the southern extent of the Panamanian isthmus (southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama). It is based on extensive field research carried out by the author and also on a thorough analysis of the scientific literature, producing a Literature Cited section of several hundred entries.

Special features:
The species accounts and keys for identification will prove useful to anyone who has a doubt about what reptile is in hand. The text is accompanied by professional quality color photographs of more than 400 of the 557 species and expertly done line drawings of diagnostic features. Generalized distribution maps for all reptile species. The 16.5 cm by 23.5 cm (6 and 1/2 by 9 inch) size is convenient for portage into the field.

Finally, after more than three decades, we have a fitting modern treatment of the herpetofauna of Middle America, which has been wanting since the classic work by James L. Peters and his coworkers appeared in 1970. Middle America is an important reservoir of herpetodiversity, much of which evolved in situ, and it deserves the kind of attention Gunther Köhler has provided. Larry David Wilson (from foreword to the book)

 

Dr. Gunther Köhler is curator of herpetology at Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt, Germany. For more than 15 years he is doing field research with amphibians and reptiles in Central America. He has produced more than 100 scientific publications and described several new species.

Foreword
Introduction
Comments on the Usage of this Book
Classification of the Reptiles of Central America
The Environment
Geological History and Zoogeography of the Reptile Fauna
Crocodilians (Crocodylia)
Turtles (Testudines)
Chelydridae
Dermatemydidae
Emydidae
Kinosternidae
Testudinidae
Cheloniidae, Dermochelyidae
Lizards (Sauria)
Anguidae
Eublepharidae
Gekkonidae
Gymnophthalmidae
Helodermatidae
Iguanidae
Scincidae
Teiidae
Xantusiidae
Xenosauridae
Worm Lizards (Amphisbaenia)
Snakes (Serpentes)
Blind Snakes (Scolecophidia)
Anomalepididae
Leptotyphlopidae
Typhlopidae
Macrostomata
Boidae
Loxocemidae
Tropidophiidae
Colubridae
Elapidae
Viperidae
Table of Scalation Characters in Snakes
Snakebite ? Prevention and First Aid
Mimicry in Snakes
Acknowledgments
Literature Cited
Glossary
Index