Wildlife of the Gal�pagos

ISBN-10: 0691102953
ISBN-13: 9780691102955
Edition: 2002
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Description: The Galaacute;pagos is a truly special place. Unlike the rest of the world's archipelagoes, it still has 95 percent of its prehuman quota of species.Wildlife of the Galaacute;pagosis the most superbly illustrated and comprehensive identification  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 7/21/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

The Galaacute;pagos is a truly special place. Unlike the rest of the world's archipelagoes, it still has 95 percent of its prehuman quota of species.Wildlife of the Galaacute;pagosis the most superbly illustrated and comprehensive identification guide ever to the natural splendor of these incomparable islands--islands today threatened by alien species and diseases that have diminished but not destroyed what so enchanted Darwin on his arrival there in 1835. Covering over 200 commonly seen birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, and plants, it reveals the archipelago's striking beauty through more than 400 color photographs, maps, and drawings and well-written, informative text. While the Galaacute;pagos Giant Tortoise, the Galaacute;pagos Sea Lion, and the Flightless Cormorant are recognized the world over, these thirty-three islands--in the Pacific over 600 miles from mainland Ecuador--are home to many more unique but less famous species. Here, reptiles well outnumber mammals, for they were much better at drifting far from a continent the archipelago was never connected with; the largest native land mammals are rice rats. The islands' sixty resident bird species include the only penguin to breed entirely in the tropics and to inhabit the Northern Hemisphere. There is a section offering tips on photography in the Equatorial sunlight, and maps of visitors' sites as well as information on the archipelago's history, climate, geology, and conservation.Wildlife of the Galaacute;pagosis the perfect companion for anyone who wants to know what so delighted Darwin. Covers over 200 commonly seen species including birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, plants, and coastal and marine life Illustrated with over 400 color photographs, maps, and drawings; includes maps of visitors' sites Written by wildlife experts with extensive knowledge of the area Includes information on the history, climate, geology, and conservation of the islands The most complete identification guide to the wildlife of the Galaacute;pagos

Foreward
The Authors
Acknowledgements
Conservation Plea
Introduction
National Park Rules
A Travellers' Guide to Safari Photography
Key to Species' Status
Birds
Reptiles
Aquatic Mammals
Land Mammals
Invertebrates
Plants
Geology and Vulcanology
History
Ocean Currents and Climate--El Nintilde;o
Conservation
Notes for the Visitor
Visitor Sites
Bibliography
Glossary
Index

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