A Naturalist's Guide to the Tropics
Every year hundreds of thousands of travelers head for the Tropics to thrill to the raucous call of a howler monkey booming across the emerald cathedral of a rainforest, or to marvel at a brightly colored clown fish gliding fearlessly among the stinging tentacles of a sea anemone on a coral reef. Ranging from South and Central America to Africa, Southeast Asia, Oceania, and the Caribbean, A Naturalist's Guide to the Tropics provides engaging overviews of the geology, climate, soils, plants, animals, and major ecosystems of the Tropics. The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with color plates, photographs, and drawings.
Whether you're a first-time visitor or a veteran of many trips, this convenient guidebook can help you plan your vacation and serve as a knowledgeable companion to answer the many questions that may arise during the course of your journey. Why are tropical birds and fishes so colorful? What is an atoll, and how do they form? Why are tropical soils red and sterile, while rainforests are lush and green? Why does Madagascar have lemurs but not monkeys? Special features of the book include chapters on the conservation status of the Tropics and how to prepare with "caution without obsession" for tropical dangers such as infectious diseases and charging rhinoceroses.
The first comprehensive introduction to the natural history of the Tropics worldwide, A Naturalist's Guide to the Tropics has been completely revised and updated by the author and the translator to reflect the most current information available.
* first field guide in English to cover all the world's tropics, not just specific regions or countries
* more than 350 illustrations, many in color
* sturdy flexibound cover and compact size ideal for travelers
* boxes in text define scientific terms or explore side topics in more detail, such as "What Is Biodiversity?" and "Why Is Tropical Fauna So Colorful?"
* discusses tropical dangers and precautions to cope with them, such as vaccinations to obtain and foods to avoid
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TROPICAL GEOGRAPHY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY
Text Boxes and Tables
The History of the Tapir
Climates within the Tropics
Climates of Some Tropical Nations
Enormous Ediﬁces Constructed by the Sea
Different Colors for Different Functions
What is Biodiversity?
Top Ten Countries for Diversity in Higher Plants
Prosimians Monkeys and Apes
Why Is Tropical Fauna So Colorful ?
Biodiversity in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Birds of Africa
Tropical Saurians Lizards
Seeds That Are Adapted to Water Mud and Tides
The Horseshoe Crab
Countries Having the Most Extensive Rainforests
Epiphytes on the Three Continents
Pollinators and Dispersers
Getting to Know the Camp Visitors
Hunting Techniques of the Large Carnivores of the Savanna
Birds of the African Savannas
The Ancient Sahara
African Deserts and Their Dunes
Sand and Obstacles
THE TROPICS IN PERIL
Some Local and Global Negative Effects of Tropical
Nations with the Highest Rates of Deforestation
The Menace of Introduced Species
Some Daily Rules for Helping to Protect the Tropics
TROPICAL DANGERS AND PRECAUTIONS
Vaccinations Not to Forget
Precautions against Shark Attacks
Intimidatory Rituals of Sharks
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