A Field Guide to the Sharks of the World

Author: Leonard J. V. Compagno,Marc Dando,Sarah L. Fowler

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007136102

Category: Sharks

Page: 368

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The definitive identification guide to the sharks of the world The shark is undeniably the 'lord of the seas', having existed unchanged for 350 million years. Not only is it the biggest of fish, it is also the best equipped for hunting down and destroying its prey. It is capable of living in all waters shallow or deep, tropical or temperate, fresh or salt, and unlike most animals, it has no natural predators apart from the Killer Whale. Set to become a classic natural history title, Collins Field Guide to Sharks describes and illustrates the world's 530 species of shark. Shark families are grouped together and for each individual species there is detailed identification information, and original colour illustration, and a distribution map showing where in the world that species can be found. Covering all aspects of these extraordinary creatures, from their behaviour, breeding, feeding and ecology, right through to the impact of humans on sharks throughout the world, this is one of the most important shark books ever written.
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Sharks of the World

Author: Leonard J. V. Compagno,Marc Dando,Sarah L. Fowler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780691120713

Category: Nature

Page: 368

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Everyone's heard of the Great Whites. But most people know little of the hundreds of other types of sharks that inhabit the world's oceans. A comprehensive field guide to all 440-plus species of shark. Color plates illustrate all species, and detailed accounts include diagnostic line drawings and a distribution map for each species. Introductory chapters treat physiology, behavior, reproduction, ecology, diet, and sharks' interrelationships with humans.
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Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East

Author: Dennis Paulson

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691122830

Category: Nature

Page: 538

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An illustrated, full-color guide to all 336 dragonfly and damselfly species of eastern North America includes hundreds of photos; line drawings to aid identification; a color range map for each species; and information on key identification features, flight season, habitat, natural history and more. Simultaneous. Hardcover available.
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Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West

Author: Dennis Paulson

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691122814

Category: Nature

Page: 535

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Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West is the first fully illustrated field guide to all 348 species of dragonflies and damselflies in western North America. Dragonflies and damselflies are large, stunningly beautiful insects, as readily observable as birds and butterflies. This unique guide makes identifying them easy--its compact size and user-friendly design make it the only guide you need in the field. Every species is generously illustrated with full-color photographs and a distribution map, and structural features are illustrated where they aid in-hand identification. Detailed species accounts include information on size, distribution, flight season, similar species, habitat, and natural history. Dennis Paulson's introduction provides an essential primer on the biology, natural history, and conservation of these important and fascinating insects, along with helpful tips on how to observe and photograph them. Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West is the field guide naturalists, conservationists, and dragonfly enthusiasts have been waiting for. Covers all 348 western species in detail Features a wealth of color photographs Provides a color distribution map for every species Includes helpful identification tips Serves as an essential introduction to dragonflies and their natural history
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A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes

From Maine to Texas

Author: Valerie A. Kells,Kent Carpenter

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801898382

Category: Nature

Page: 448

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Features a guide for over a thousand fish species that live along the American shores of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, with each fish's description including its biology, habitat, distribution, and size.
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International Wildlife Encyclopedia: Index volume

Author: Maurice Burton,Robert Burton

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 9780761472889

Category: Animals

Page: 3168

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This twenty-two volume set presents the appearance and behavior of thousands of species of animals along with species population and prospects for survival in a arranged alphabetically and easy-to-read format.
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Trees of Panama and Costa Rica

Author: Richard Condit,Rolando Pérez,Nefertaris Daguerre

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400836178

Category: Nature

Page: 496

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This is the first field guide dedicated to the diverse tree species of Panama and Costa Rica. Featuring close to 500 tropical tree species, Trees of Panama and Costa Rica includes superb color photos, abundant color distribution maps, and concise descriptions of key characteristics, making this guide readily accessible to botanists, biologists, and casual nature lovers alike. The invaluable introductory chapters discuss tree diversity in Central America and the basics of tree identification. Family and species accounts are treated alphabetically and describe family size, number of genera and species, floral characteristics, and relative abundance. Color distribution maps supplement the useful species descriptions, and facing-page photographic plates detail bark, leaf, flower, or fruit of the species featured. Helpful appendices contain a full glossary, a comprehensive guide to leaf forms, and a list of families not covered. The only tree guide to cover both Panama and Costa Rica together Covers almost 500 species 438 high-resolution color photos 480 color distribution maps and two general maps Concise and jargon-free descriptions of key characteristics for every species Full glossary and guide to leaf forms included
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Sharks of the World

A Fully Illustrated Guide

Author: David A. Ebert,Sarah L. Fowler,Leonard J. V. Compagno

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Sharks

Page: 528

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The essential book for everyone interested in sharks, from the expert requiring a major reference work, to the layperson fascinated by their beauty, biology and diversity. Packed with unique colour illustrations, line drawings and photographs, the book is well-presented and easy to use. It is currently the only single guide to cover over 500 of the world's shark species. It incorporates the most recent taxonomic revisions of many shark families, featuring not only many species that were only described in recent years, but several more that are still awaiting their scientific names. Its production is timely. Overfishing and the shark fin trade have pushed sharks into the most threatened categories of marine animals. Their depletion has serious implications for the stability of marine ecosystems. Some species are now listed in international environmental agreements, including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and they are becoming a management priority for many regional fisheries management organisations. Implementation of conservation and fisheries management measures, and international trade regulation is impossible without a good identification guide.
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