A Neotropical Companion: An Introduction to the Animals, Plants, and Ecosystems of the New World Tropics

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Princeton University Press, 1999 - Nature - 451 pages
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A Neotropical Companion is an extraordinarily readable introduction to the American tropics, the lands of Central and South America, their remarkable rainforests and other ecosystems, and the creatures that live there. It is the most comprehensive one-volume guide to the Neotropics available today. Widely praised in its first edition, it remains a book of unparalleled value to tourists, students, and scientists alike. This second edition has been substantially revised and expanded to incorporate the abundance of new scientific information that has been produced since it was first published in 1989. Major additions have been made to every chapter, and new chapters have been added on Neotropical ecosystems, human ecology, and the effects of deforestation. Biodiversity and its preservation are discussed throughout the book, and Neotropical evolution is described in detail. This new edition offers all new drawings and photographs, many of them in color.


As enthusiastic readers of the first edition will attest, this is a charming book. Wearing his learning lightly and writing with ease and humor, John Kricher presents the complexities of tropical ecology as accessible and nonintimidating. Kricher is so thoroughly knowledgeable and the book is so complete in its coverage that general readers and ecotourists will not need any other book to help them identify and understand the plants and animals, from birds to bugs, that they will encounter in their travels to the New World tropics. At the same time, it will fascinate armchair travelers and students who may get no closer to the Neotropics than this engagingly written book.


  

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Review: A Neotropical Companion: An Introduction to the Animals, Plants, and Ecosystems of the New World Tropics (Second Edition, Revised and Expanded)

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Review: A Neotropical Companion: An Introduction to the Animals, Plants, and Ecosystems of the New World Tropics (Second Edition, Revised and Expanded)

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Excellent background for anyone who will be traveling to Amazonia. I read it before my trip to Costa Rica, and I believe it enhanced the experience since I had a better understanding of the flora and fauna of the region. Read full review

Contents

Tropical Climates and Ecosystems
3
Rainforest Structure and Diversity
21
How a Rainforest Functions
44
Evolutionary Patterns in the Tropics
75
Complexities of Coevolution and Ecology of Fruit
126
The Neotropical Pharmacy
144
Living Off the Land in the Tropics
169
Rivers through Rainforest
189
Neotropical Birds
251
A Rainforest Bestiary
295
Deforestation and Conservation of Biodiversity
334
AND HEY LETS BE CAREFUL OUT THERE
377
ACRONYMS
389
GLOSSARY
390
NEOTROPICAL FIELD GUIDES AND HANDBOOKS
396
RECOMMENDED BOOKLENGTH REFERENCES
399

Introduction to the Andes and Tepuis
218
Savannas and Dry Forests
228
Coastal Ecosystems Mangroves Seagrass and Coral Reefs
239
LITERATURE CITED
403
INDEX
435
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John Kricher's works include the Peterson Field Guides to Eastern Forests, Rocky Mountain and Southwestern Forests, and California and Pacific Northwest Forests.

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