The Amphibians And Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Herpetofauna Between Two Continents, Between Two Seas (英語) ペーパーバック – 2005/12/1
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Costa Rica has played, and continues to play, a pivotal role in the study of tropical biology as well as the development of ecotourism and ecoprospecting, in part because more than half of the amphibians and reptiles in Costa Rica are also found elsewhere in Central America. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica will be an essential book for a wide audience of nature lovers, naturalists, ecotourists, field biologists, conservationists, government planners, and those interested in Central America more generally.
"Written for the enthusiast as well as for the field researcher, this work is an excellent reference source for each of the 396 species of amphibians and reptiles that can be found in Costa Rica. Includes complete full-color photographs of all known species in the region, as well as maps showing their distribution patterns. . . . A must-have book for any library with interests in this subject area."J. Elliott,Southeastern Naturalist
"Jay Savage provides detailed biologies for all 396 species, identification keys, and fine general introductions to each major group. Illustrated with Michael and Patricia Fogden's magnificent photographs, The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica is both a major reference work and a thing of great beauty." - Adrian Barnett, New Scientist "Written for the enthusiast as well as for the field researcher, this work is an excellent reference source for each of the 396 species of amphibians and reptiles that can be found in Costa Rica. Includes complete full-color photographs of all known species in the region, as well as maps showing their distribution patterns.... A must-have book for any library with interests in this subject area." - J. Elliott, Southeastern Naturalist"商品の説明をすべて表示する
As a tip when you photograph amphibians in Costa Rica if you want to identify them you will need to get both pictures of the animal above, below, and the feet if you plan to identify them. A lot of the frogs are almost identical with the only difference being something on the bottom of their feet or whether a certain toe is webbed. For this reason, I ended up with a lot of pictures that just had to label as unknown frog.
As a second tip this book is heavy at just under 7 lbs and you probably will not want to lug it with you to Costa Rica. There is a company named Rainforest Publications that makes small pamphlets for identification of different creatures (Frogs, Snakes, insects, etc) which are laminated and you can carry those in the field with you while in Costa Rica much easier than this book. You can buy those guides before your trip and save some money, but they are sold pretty much everywhere in the country if you forget including the airport.
Otherwise this is a very impressive work and far more comprehensive than the less than obsessed naturalist will ever be able to comprehend. It is not a field guide. To identify most species described you will need to have the specimen in question in hand to make the observations and a good knowledge of the creatures anatomy (the book does include this information but you are going to have to spend quite a few hours (days or weeks) learning it.
I am not berating this book, just pointing out that it is inaccurately described. I bought the book expecting it to contain the photographs of all species. I spend a few months a year in Costa Rica and hoped this book would help me to identify some species that I observe or photograph. I am otherwise glad to have it as a reference.