Saturday, February 17, 2018

New Titles

1) Glassberg, Jeffrey. A Swift Guide to Butterflies of Mexico and Central America (Second Edition). 2017. Princeton University Press. Paperback: 304 pages. Price: $39.95 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: This is a revised second edition of a groundbreaking photographic field guide to the butterflies of Mexico and Central America. Written by Jeffrey Glassberg, the pioneering authority on the field identification of butterflies, the guide covers more than 2,000 species and features over 3,700 large, gorgeous color photographs, the very best images available, accompanied by authoritative facing-page text. This second edition includes more species, more than 1,500 new photos, and updated text, maps, and species names. And range maps, field marks, and host plants are included for all Mexican butterflies. The result is an ideal field guide that will enable you to identify almost every butterfly you see.
  • A revised second edition of a groundbreaking guide, featuring more species, more than 1,500 new photos, and updated text, maps, and species names
  • The first complete guide to Mexican butterflies
  • Covers almost all of Mexico's more than 1,700 species, plus many Central American species, including more than two-thirds of those in Costa Rica
  • Written by the pioneering authority on the field identification of butterflies
  • Beautifully illustrated with more than 3800 color photographs that show almost all known Mexican species and about 90% of Costa Rican and Panamanian species
  • Range maps, field marks, and host plants for all Mexican species
  • Authoritative facing-page text
  • An invaluable tool for field identification
RECOMMENDATION: A must have for those with an interest in the butterflies of the region.

2) van der Sleen, Peter and James S. Albert (editors). Field Guide to the Fishes of the Amazon, Orinoco, and Guianas. 2018. Princeton University Press. Paperback: 464 pages. Price: $45.00 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: The Amazon and Orinoco basins in northern South America are home to the highest concentration of freshwater fish species on earth, with more than 3,000 species allotted to 564 genera. Amazonian fishes include piranhas, electric eels, freshwater stingrays, a myriad of beautiful small-bodied tetras and catfishes, and the largest scaled freshwater fish in the world, the pirarucu. Field Guide to the Fishes of the Amazon, Orinoco, and Guianas provides descriptions and identification keys for all the known genera of fishes that inhabit Greater Amazonia, a vast and still mostly remote region of tropical rainforests, seasonally flooded savannas, and meandering lowland rivers.
     The guide’s contributors include more than fifty expert scientists. They summarize the current state of knowledge on the taxonomy, species richness, and ecology of these fish groups, and provide references to relevant literature for species-level identifications. This richly illustrated guide contains 700 detailed drawings, 190 color photos, and 500 distribution maps, which cover all genera. An extensive and illustrated glossary helps readers with the identification keys.
     The first complete overview of the fish diversity in the Amazon, Orinoco, and Guianas, this comprehensive guide is essential for anyone interested in the freshwater life inhabiting this part of the world.
  • First complete overview of the fish diversity in the Amazon and Orinoco basins
  • Contributors include more than fifty experts
  • Identification keys and distribution maps for all genera
  • 190 stunning color photos
  • 700 detailed line drawings
  • Extensive and illustrated glossary
RECOMMENDATION: For those with a serious interest in the freshwater fishes of the region.

New Title

1) Hsiao, Mu-Chi. A Field Guide to the Birds of Taiwan. 2017. Wild Bird Society Of Taipei. Paperback: 416 pages. Price: about $56 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Language: English, with English, Chinese and scientific nomenclature.
     Covering over 670 species found in Taiwan and surrounding islets including 27 endemic species and 56 endemic subspecies, this new English edition of A Field Guide to the Birds of Taiwan features stunning artwork detailing seasonal, age, sexual, and subspecies differences in approximately 190 annotated colour plates, updated distribution maps, and concise but informative text dealing not only with identification but aspects of biology such as habitat, and voice. This new guide should be a valuable addition to any birder's library.
RECOMMENDATION: A must have for those birding Taiwan!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

New Title

1) Eriksen, Jens and Richard Porter. Birds of Oman (Helm Field Guides). 2017. Helm. Paperback: 272 pages. Price: $45.00 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Oman is a truly amazing place. In terms of avifauna it lies at the crossroads between Asian and African species--Arabian desert species to the north, and a host of Afrotropical species occurring in the monsoon-swept south that don't occur anywhere else in the Western Palaearctic.
     With much of the Middle East now effectively off-limits to birders, people are increasingly turning to Oman and its avian riches. And what riches they are--highlights include the incredible Omani Owl, discovered just a couple of years ago in the Al Hajar mountains, a suite of regionally scarce wheatears, exotic pigeons, shearwaters and storm-petrels that can be seen from the beach, a host of wintering eagles, plus impressive residents such as Verreaux's, the only accessible sites for Arabian Golden-winged Grosbeak, and Yemen Serin; the list goes on and on.
     This book is the perfect guide to this wonderful country's birdlife. Written by the world's leading expert on Middle Eastern birds, Richard Porter, along with Oman bird specialist Jens Eriksen, with color plates opposite concise species text and accurate maps, it is indispensable for any naturalist visiting this jewel of the Arabian peninsula.
RECOMMENDATION: A must have for those birding Oman!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

New Title

1) Jones, Richard. Beetles (Collins New Naturalist Library). 2018. William Collins. Paperback: 480 pages. Price: $50.00 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Beetles are arguably the most diverse organisms in the world, with nearly half a million beetle species described and catalogued in our museums, more than any other type of living thing. This astonishing species diversity is matched by a similar diversity in shape, form, size, life history, ecology, physiology and behaviour.
RECOMMENDATION: For those with an interest in British beetles and/or collect the New Naturalist series.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

New Title

1) Graham, Sean P.. American Snakes. 2018. Johns Hopkins University Press. Hardbound: 293 pages. Price: $29.95 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: 125 million years ago on the floodplains of North America, a burrowing lizard started down the long evolutionary path of shedding its limbs. The 60-plus species of snakes found in Sean P. Graham’s American Snakes have this ancestral journey to thank for their ubiquity, diversity, and beauty. Although many people fear them, snakes are as much a part of America’s rich natural heritage as redwoods, bald eagles, and grizzly bears. Found from the vast Okefenokee Swamp to high alpine meadows, from hardwood canopies to the burning bottom of the Grand Canyon, these ultimate vertebrates are ecologically pivotal predators and quintessential survivors.
     In this revelatory and engaging meditation on American snakes, Graham, a respected herpetologist and gifted writer,
• explains the everyday lives of American snakes, from their daily routines and seasonal cycles to their love lives, hunting tactics, and defensive repertoires
• debunks harmful myths about snakes and explores their relationship with humans
• highlights the contribution of snakes to the American wilderness
• tells tales of "snake people"―important snake biologists with inspiring careers

     Neither a typical field guide nor an exhaustive reference, American Snakes is instead a fascinating study of the suborder Serpentes. Brimming with intriguing and unusual stories―of hognose snakes that roll over and play dead, blindsnakes with tiny vestigial lungs, rainbow-hued dipsadines, and wave-surfing sea-snakes―the text is interspersed with scores of gorgeous full-color images of snakes, from the scary to the sublime. This proud celebration of a diverse American wildlife group will make every reader, no matter how skeptical, into a genuine snake lover.

RECOMMENDATION: An overview of the natural history of the snakes of the region.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

New Title

1) Gejl, Lars. Waders of Europe. 2018. Helm. Hardbound: 368 pages. Price: $50.00 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Covering 44 species of nesting shorebirds and 38 other rare visitors from North America and Asia, Waders of Europe offers information on identification, ecology, and biology accompanied by a fantastic range of the authors own photography.
     With over 670 individual, flight, and group photographs and 189 illustrated silhouettes, this book is an indispensable tool for anyone interested in determining species in the field and learning more about these birds.
RECOMMENDATION: A useful and well illustrated overview of the waders/shorebirds of Europe.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

New Title

1) Forshaw, Joseph M. and Frank Knight. Vanished and Vanishing Parrots: Profiling Extinct and Endangered Species. 2017. Cornell University Press. Hardbound: 323 pages. Price: $95.00 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Joseph M. Forshaw, one of the world’s leading authorities on parrots, calls attention to the threats they face: They are one of the most endangered groups of birds, with a growing number of species nearing extinction. The main threats arise from habitat loss through deforestation and agricultural development and from the taking of birds for the international live-bird trade.
     Vanished and Vanishing Parrots brings together information on species that have become extinct in historical times with information on species that are in danger of becoming extinct to increase public awareness of the plight of these magnificent birds. Vivid color plates by the wildlife artist Frank Knight draw attention to the spectacular species that we have lost or that could be lost. Forshaw’s work gives us fascinating insight into these endangered and extinct parrots.
RECOMMENDATION: A must have for those with an interest in parrot biology and conservation.