Over 300 high-quality photographs from Sri Lanka’s top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habitat, and viewing tips. The user-friendly introduction covers climatic zones, topography, top wildlife sites, night safaris, and where to watch marine mammals. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the mammals of Sri Lanka encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific names.
Nilusha Somaweera - Ruchira Somaweera - Lizards of Sri Lanka
A modern checklist of species is included, as is an illustrated key (a first for the region), showing thumbnail images for the benefit of non-technical users of the guide. There follows the heart of the volume, comprising species accounts, that include multiple images of each taxa (museum specimens, in case of rare species), showing different ontogenetic stages, sexes and colour morphs. Following this is a short listing of species erroneously or dubiously recorded from Sri Lanka. At the end of the book are the glossary, gazetteer of localities, references and scientific names index.The Somaweeras have now set a high standard for field guides to an important component of the herpetofauna, and one hopes this example will be emulated regionally and globally.
Pamela C. Rasmussen - John C. Anderton - Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide 2.
The most complete and up-to-date guide to the birds of the region. Revised and updated with the newest findings on vocalizations and taxonomy, including several taxa newly recorded for the region, species whose voice was previously unknown, and additional newly recognised species. Species lists follow familiar Peters order except where changes are well-corroborated by recent research. Vol. 2 (Attributes and Status): Contains much new information and many revised taxonomic treatments. Alternative names are listed and taxonomic issues are summarized. Specimen measurements specially taken for this book are presented for each species. Complete data about identification, variation, status and distribution, voice, and habits are provided for each species. Problematic records are discussed. Vocalizations are described from recordings, and there are over 1000 sonograms, now with English name labels. Appendices include the region’s first hypothetical species list, a gazetteer, brief ornithological histories, and lists of taxonomic changes, regional specimen holdings, and threatened species. A comprehensive index allows users to find whatever names are most familiar to them. Maps indicate geopolitical names, topography, habitats, and bird species diversity and endemism.
Pamela C. Rasmussen - John C. Anderton - Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide 1.
The most complete and up-to-date guide to the birds of the region. Revised and updated with the newest findings on vocalizations and taxonomy, including several taxa newly recorded for the region, species whose voice was previously unknown, and additional newly recognised species. Species lists follow familiar Peters order except where changes are well-corroborated by recent research. Vol. 1 (Field Guide): Now more user-friendly than ever, including vocalization descriptions for almost every species Covers all South Asian birds (including Afghanistan and Chagos). Over 3400 illustrations appear in 180 plates painted especially for this book by expert artists. These depict all known regional species and most distinctive subspecies and plumages. Over 1450 colour maps, based primarily on verified records, represent the ranges of each regularly occurring species and many distinctive races, and distinguish migratory routes from winter ranges. Maps are annotated as to geographic variation, status and habitat. Concise texts give key identification features of each species. To assist in locating groups within the text, illustrated plate keys are provided in the endpapers
Bikram Grewal - Rohit Chakravarty - A Naturalist's Guide to the Mammals of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
This easy-to-use identification guide to the 280 mammal species most commonly seen in India is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from India's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers geography and climate, vegetation, opportunities for naturalists and the main sites for viewing the listed species. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the mammals of India encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific name, its status in the country as well as its global IUCN status as at 2015.
Indraneil Das - Abhijit Das - A Naturalist's Guide to the Reptiles of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
This easy-to-use identification guide to the 280 reptile species most commonly seen in India (covering Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives) is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High-quality photographs from the region’s top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers climate and vegetation, snake-bite management and a glossary. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the reptiles of India encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific name, and IUCN status.
Anslem De Silva - Kanshika Ukuwela - A Naturalist's Guide to the Reptiles of Sri Lanka
This easy-to-use identification guide to the 150 reptile species most commonly seen in Sri Lanka is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High-quality photographs from the authors are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include size, distribution, habits and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers fascinating information on folklore associated with reptiles, snake topography, how to deal with snake bites and a glossary. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the reptiles of Sri Lanka encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific name, and its IUCN status.
Indraneil Das - Anslem De Silva - A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Sri Lanka
This useful portable guide - perfect for visitors to this reptile-rich country - provides a comprehensive overview of the wide variety of snakes, lizards, crocodiles, and turtles and tortoises to be found there. More than 150 species, primarily native but with the odd exotic, are included in the book. Each description is supported by a clear colour photograph taken where possible in the reptile's natural habitat. The guide looks at the more common reptiles as well as focusing on some of the rarer, and in many cases highly endangered, species. This new edition has been thoroughly updated by the author to take into account changes in nomenclature and classification.
Ismeretlen szerző - Mammals of the Southern Cone
This illustrated checklist covers The Southern Cone of South America and its associated islands (Argentinian and Chilean Austral Zone islands, Falklands (Malvinas), Desventuradas Islands and Juan Fernández Archipelago), a region rich in habitat diversity and harboring a corresponding richness of mammalian life. Although not a traditional Field Guide, this book will equip both residents and visitors to the region with an easy-to-use resource to quickly learn all the species of mammals known to occupy the area. It covers 486 species of mammals, including 17 introduced species with established wild populations (American Beaver, American Mink, Blackbuck, Black-capped Squirrel Monkey, Brown Rat, Chital, Common Fallow Deer, Common Muskrat, Eurasian Wild Pig, European Hare, European Rabbit, House Mouse, Mouflon, Pacific Rat, Pallas’s Squirrel, Roof Rat, and Western Red Deer) and three domesticated ones (Alpaca, Llama, and Water Buffalo). Every species is illustrated, and each is accompanied with a distribution map showing where it occurs in the area. With respect to the domesticated species, Alpaca and Llama have full treatment because of their regional importance, while the Water Buffalo has been included because there are also feral populations that are hunted. The Southern Cone land area (including south-eastern Brazil) represents 26% of the total land area of South America. It includes a wide array of habitats between the semiarid lowlands of the Chaco and the tropical rainforests of the Atlantic Forest region in the north to the Patagonian cold steppes in the south; and from the deserts, Chilean matorral, and Valdivian forests of the Pacific coast in the west to the Pampas grasslands in the east, including much of the Andes and their characteristic habitats. This area harbors an important biodiversity of flora and fauna and includes numerous endemic species and even endemic families such as Microbiotheriidae (Monito del Monte) and Pontoporiidae (Franciscana). It also includes some of the best areas for observing mammals in the whole of South America, such as the Iguazú National Park, the Iberá Nature Reserve and the Peninsula Valdés World Heritage Site in Argentina; the Lauca, Chiloé, and Torres del Paine national parks in Chile; and the Mbaracayú Biosphere Reserve and Defensores del Chaco National Park in Paraguay. Features: • 486 species, including 17 introduced. • Texts for each species include common names in English and Spanish, conservation status according to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and the most relevant details about habitats occupied and descriptive notes to facilitate identification. • Widely used common names in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay are also included. • Every species account includes also one or more illustrations and a distribution map.
Ismeretlen szerző - Handbook of the Mammals of the World 4. - Sea Mammals
Marine mammals include some of the most fascinating animals on Earth. Large, majestic whales and stunning, playful dolphins have provided mysterious companionship to humans at sea for hundreds of years. These magical creatures, along with the equally fascinating manatees, dugongs, seals, sea lions, and walrusses, have developed a completely different set of adaptations from their terrestrial ancestors and relatives. Volume 4 of the HMW series provides complete accounts of all species and families in these important groups. Lavishly illustrated with colour photographs showing different behaviours of all of them, the text contains the latest up-to-date information on all families of sea mammals.
Teresa Cannon - Joe Cummings - Mark Elliott - Ryan Ver Berkmoes - Lonely Planet Sri Lanka
Marco Polo thought Sri Lanka was the finest island of its size in all the world - and we agree. Explore the majestic ancient cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya. Stretch out on secluded palm-fringed beaches. Follow the glowing strings of lights on the pilgrim trail up Adam's Peak. Ride through hillside tea plantations in a rattling train. This guide gives you the inside information on Sri Lanka's richest experiences. - GET THE LOWDOWN our dedicated Snapshot, Culture and History chapters are your ticket to understanding local life - GO ON SAFARI get up close to Sri Lanka's birds, elephants and leopards: our detailed national parks information shows you how - DON'T JUST LIE THERE we tempt you off the beach with Sri Lanka's best diving, hiking and surfing - KNOW YOUR KITUL FROM YOUR KIRI BATH our Food & Drink chapter will help you gobble your way through the island's celebrated cuisine - FIND YOUR WAY easy-to-read maps show you where to go.
Chris Stuart - Tilde Stuart - Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa
Southern Africa has a wealth of mammal species, a total of 337 – all of which are covered in this fully revised comprehensive field guide. While the term ‘African mammals’ conjures up the more celebrated species of elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino, it is in fact the smaller animals – shrews, genets, suricates and bats – that comprise the bulk of the region's mammal species. And, often overlooked but included here too is the diversity of marine mammals – seals, whales and dolphins – that are found in our oceans. This new edition of Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa has been extensively revised to include the most recent research in line with new findings and new taxonomy. Up-to-date information, revised distribution maps and new images (where available) have been combined in a modern, full-color layout. Color-coding has been introduced according family groupings and spoor and size icons are included for quick reference with each mammal entry. Another new feature is the inclusion of skulls, grouped at the back of the book for easy comparison. In addition to detailed descriptions of each species, the text offers insight into key identification characters, typical behavior, preferred habitat, food choice and reproduction.
Ismeretlen szerző - Handbook of the Mammals of the World 6. - Lagomorphs and Rodents I.
Rats and mice and their relatives in the order Rodentia make up almost half of the species of mammals. Because of this, we polled our readers and the overwhelming positive response was to produce two volumes treating Rodents. Volume 6 will include all of the families of rodents other than Cricetidae and Muridae, plus the order Lagomorpha, which includes rabbits and pikas. This radiation includes some 35 families, which have spread around the globe, occupying every continent except Antarctica, and countless islands in all major oceans. As usual, the text includes up-to-date information on every species, and each species is illustrated. Each family account includes color photographs documenting a variety of behaviors of these diverse and interesting mammals. This volume also includes a Special Chapter: An overview of rodents, including chapters on morphology, taxonomy, and evolutionary history; why rodents are studied; and tools for studying them.
Russell A. Mittermeier - Olivier M. Langrand - Don E. Wilson - Anthony B. Rylands - Jonah Ratsimbazafy - Kim E. Reuter - Tiana Andriamanana - Edward E. Louis Jr. - Christoph Schwitzer - Wes Sechrest - Mammals of Madagascar
This illustrated checklist describes and illustrates every mammal species found in Madagascar, as well as those of the nearby Indian Ocean islands of the Comoros, the Seychelles, Réunion and Mauritius. • With an easy-to-use format that is very handy for the field, this new book enables visitors to see at a glance which species are present in the region, and gives pointers that will help towards their identification. • Covering the 253 mammal species (219 terrestrial, 34 marine) occurring naturally in Madagascar, as well as 13 others restricted to the neighbouring islands. • Texts for each species include common names in English and French; scientific names; conservation status according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species; the most relevant details about habitats occupied; and brief descriptive notes. • Each species account is accompanied by one or more illustrations and a distribution map. • Two separate sections deal with the land mammals of the neighbouring islands and mammals introduced to the region by humans. • Also included is a table of selected sites for observing mammals in Madagascar, together with a note of some of the highlight species for each site. • To further stimulate mammal life-listing, a complete checklist is provided, where you can mark the species that you personally have seen in the wild.
Ismeretlen szerző - A Guide to the Mammals of China
China's stunning diversity of natural habitats--from parched deserts to lush tropical forests--is home to more than 10 percent of the world's mammal species. A Guide to the Mammals of China is the most comprehensive guide to all 556 species of mammals found in China. It is the only single-volume reference of its kind to fully describe the physical characteristics, geographic distribution, natural history, and conservation status of every species. An up-to-date distribution map accompanies each species account, and color plates illustrate a majority of species. Written by a team of leading specialists, including Professor Wang Sung who provides a history of Chinese mammalogy, A Guide to the Mammals of China is the ideal reference for researchers and a delight for anyone interested in China's rich mammal fauna. The definitive, comprehensive, up-to-date guide to all of China's 556 mammal species High-quality color plates accompany the detailed text Each species account comes with a distribution map Organized taxonomically for easy reference Includes an extensive bibliography
Ismeretlen szerző - Mammals of China
This illustrated checklist covers China, a region with a great habitat diversity which is especially rich in mammalian life and attracts numerous wildlife watchers. Although not a traditional Field Guide, this book will equip both residents and visitors to the region with an easy-to-use resource that will allow them to quickly learn about the c. 600 species of mammals known to occur in the area. This book is part of the Lynx Illustrated Checklists collection created from the vast wealth of data, illustrations and maps compiled for the Handbook of the Mammals of the World series, that has been distilled into useful and portable books for your visit to a specific destination. Highlighted features: • Short descriptive texts Indications of the main habitats used • Distribution maps that include the latest published data • At least one illustration per species, complemented in some cases by others showing differences between sexes, subspecies, or various colour morphs.
Ismeretlen szerző - Illustrated Checklist of the Mammals of the World 1-2.
The Handbook of the Mammals of the World (HMW) is an unprecedented, lavishly illustrated reference work for the Class Mammalia. This series of 9 large-format volumes describes and illustrates every currently recognized mammal species, and gives a detailed overview of each mammalian family. It provides up-to-date information on the evolutionary relationships, natural history, ecology, and current conservation status for all mammals. Every species is illustrated, and each family chapter contains beautiful color photographs of mammals in action. HMW provides comprehensive worldwide coverage by involving an international group of expert authors, each of whom is a leading authority on their respective groups of mammals. It took several years to produce the entire series, and we are now happy to provide a new, comprehensive Illustrated Checklist of the Mammals of the World. This latest work updates the taxonomy of each currently recognized species of mammal, providing a complete checklist in a set of two volumes. HMW followed traditionally accepted classifications, based on Mammal Species of the World (Wilson and Reeder, 2005), but with several improvements. The views of the authors, all of them acknowledged authorities on their respective groups, were incorporated into each volume. Each volume considered the description of new species and ongoing systematic revisions that continue to add to our knowledge of the phylogenetic relationships within Mammalia. Ongoing taxonomic work and recent research using new molecular techniques have revolutionized our ability to analyze evolutionary relationships. This has resulted in sweeping changes in the number of species recognized in almost every group of mammals. The new illustrated checklist incorporates all recently published revisions and combines them into a new, brief species account for every species. In addition to the updated scientific name of each species, the accounts include common names in English, French, German, and Spanish, and the IUCN Red List Conservation Category. Taxonomic notes update recent changes, and updated distributions are included too. If subspecies are recognized, they are updated along with their current distributions. Accompanying each species account is a scientific illustration in full color, adapted from the earlier volumes, along with an updated distribution map. If you own the entire set of HMW, you will want to add this latest set of volumes to provide up-to-date coverage of all currently recognized species, including recently described forms. The Illustrated Checklist of the Mammals of the World also works well as a complete, stand-alone summary of the current taxonomy and distribution of every currently recognized species of mammal. Foreword by Razan Al Mubarak, Managing Director, Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund. Features: 27 orders, 167 families, 1,343 genera, 6,554 species (104 extinct and 19 domesticated). Features more than 7,150 illustrations, including 700 new ones of primates and more than 100 of other groups. Includes 6,431 distribution maps.
Sylvain Beauséjour - Anthony B. Rylands - Russell A. Mittermeier - All Asian Primates
This book features the most beautiful images of the Asian apes, monkeys and prosimians, including the rarest, photographed by more than 200 naturalists, professional and amateur photographers, primatologists and wildlife organizations. This collection portrays 131 species and, including the currently recognized subspecies of 26 of them, 193 Asian primates overall. Just for the sake of completeness, also included is the Barbary macaque of northern Africa, the only living member of the genus from outside of Asia. Other than the Barbary macaque and the Hamadryas baboon, all are endemic to South, Southeast and East Asia. Coverage is also provided for some 19 described subspecies that today are not considered valid (the scientific names attributed to them are given in parentheses), along with the different pelage colour forms of nine of the species and subspecies. A distribution map, a short introductory text, and a listing of the species and subspecies introduce each chapter devoted to the five Asian primate families, their subfamilies and genera. A photo montage shows a close-up of the face and, behind it, when possible, males, females and young in the habitat, for each species and subspecies. On the opposite page, each taxon is accompanied by its scientific name, a common name in English and French, and its Red List status. There is a map and a description of their geographic range, along with brief but fully referenced notes on their taxonomy (nomenclatural history), and a summary of the threats each face and their conservation measures, including notable protected areas where they mainly occur. There is even a QR code that users can access for details of the taxon on the IUCN Red List website. A final section lists the Asian primate species and subspecies in each of the 22 countries where they occur. This book will engage its readers towards the goal of protecting and restoring a remarkable and vital element of Asia’s rich biodiversity. It presents us with the full range of Asian primates, so many of which are today threatened with extinction. It is built on the work of countless scientists, conservationists, and wildlife photographers, providing us with information to learn and understand more about each of the 193 primate species and subspecies in Asia that have been named and described, and their biogeography, which has been uncovered through centuries of research and exploration. The astonishing photos bring to life every species and subspecies, generating hope and inspiration to save our closest cousins.