Reptiles & Amphibians of Australia

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Ralph Curtis Books, 2000 - Amphibians - 808 pages
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Winner of the prestigious Whitley Medal, this book is the definitive guide to over 1,000 species of frogs, crocodiles, turtles, tortoises, lizards, and snakes that comprise Australia's rich and varied herpetofauna.

First published in 1975, Dr. Hal Cogger's book has become an internationally recognized and classic work in its field. With each printing, the text has been expanded to take into account discoveries of new species and changes in the classification and distribution of previously known species. This sixth edition encompasses a revised master list of genera and species, the addition of forty-eight new species to the Appendix, new entries to the Selected References, and a fully updated index.

As in previous editions, the text contains readily accessible information about distribution and habitats, as well as:
-- keys illustrated with hundreds of explanatory drawings providing quick and easy identification;
-- distribution maps;
-- color photographs;
-- a list of currently recognize species;
-- a detailed glossary;
-- an extensive list of references;
-- advice on collecting methods.

Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, with its wealth of fascinating detail, is an indispensable guide for herpetologists and those who have a broader interest in the Australian environment and its wildlife. It deserves a place on the shelves of all home libraries.

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List of Currently Recognised Species of Australian
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About the author (2000)

Harold G. Cogger was Curator of Reptiles at the Australian Museum, Sydney until 1976, when he became Deputy Director with primary responsibility for scientific research programs and collections. On his retirement in 1995 the Museum appointed him John Evans Memorial Fellow, a position he still holds. He was Conjoint Professor in the Faculty of Science and Mathematics at the University of Newcastle, 1997 2001. He has published widely on reptiles and amphibians, including the six previous editions of this book. Most of his field research has been undertaken in Australia, New Guinea and the Pacific.

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