Description : World renowned for its biological diversity and model conservation system, Costa Rica is home to a wide variety of amphibians and reptiles, from the golden toad to the scorpion lizard and the black-headed bushmaster. Jay M. Savage has studied these fascinating creatures for more than forty years, and in The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica he provides the most comprehensive, up-to-date treatment of their biology and evolution ever produced. Savage begins with detailed discussions of the natural and cultural history of Costa Rica, setting the stage for a detailed treatment of each of the 396 species of amphibians and reptiles that may be found there. Each species account synthesizes and analyzes everything that is known about the animal's anatomy, behavior, geographic distribution, systematics, and evolutionary history and provides keys for identifying amphibians and reptiles in the field. In addition to distribution maps and systematic and morphological illustrations, the book includes color photographs of almost every known species, many taken by the distinguished nature photographers Michael and Patricia Fogden. Because Costa Rica has played, and continues to play, a pivotal role in the study of tropical biology as well as in the development of ecotourism and ecoprospecting, and 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, and government planners.
Description : A very big welcome to the "Tropical Fish Keeping Journal Book Edition Two" for every tropical Fish Hobbyist and Dedicated Aquarist from around the World. Each edition covers a series of special features on the hobby, for a successful tropical fish keeping experience. In book edition two of the “Tropical Fish Keeping Journal” we cover; the choice of aquarium substrates and their advantages. Successfully growing and keeping aquatic plants for the naturally planted aquarium. Different filtration methods and systems for the aquarium, to achieve the very best results for safe crystal clear water. INTRODUCTION - Author’s introduction to the Tropical Fish Keeping Journal Book Edition Two AQUARIUM SUBSTRATES - Getting down in the dirt featuring aquarium substrates and with an in-depth look into the options available to achieving healthy thriving tropical fish and Aquatic Plants GROWING HEALTHY AQUATIC PLANTS - Understanding the science and secrets behind growing and propagating successfully Aquatic Plants AQUARIUM FILTRATION SYSTEMS - The options in filtration to deliver optimal aquarium conditions with crystal clear water TROPICAL FISH SPECIES - Editors choice featuring a selection of tropical fish species accompanied with fact files AQUATIC PLANT SPECIES - Editors choice featuring a selection of aquatic plant species accompanied with fact files BREEDING LIVEBEARER PLATIES - The aquarists quick guide to successfully breeding and rearing livebearer Platies AQUARISTS PRODUCTS GUIDE - Featuring essential star aquatic products of note for today's tropical fish hobbyist AQUARISTS REFERENCE TABLES - Sets of essential reference tables for aquarists including Gallons, Litres, Aquarium Sizes, Filtration and more in every journal edition, plus mathematical formulas AQUARISTS BOOK GUIDE - Essential books and magazines worth reading and acquiring covering the hobby AQUARISTS DIRECTORY - Useful web sites and web addresses for aquarists in relation to the pastime
Description : One hundred and eighty of the most popular aquarium fish are illustrated and details provided on their care and maintenance. Many of the illustrations will not have been seen before by British and American hobbyists, and their quality is such that descriptive passages concerning the body shape and coloration of each fish are not necessary and have not been included in the text.
Description : Identifies, describes, and illustrates more than four hundred freshwater and marine species suitable for home tanks, and explains their care.