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By Adrian Hailey, Byron S. Wilson, Julia Horrocks (Eds.)

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Lots of the islands of the Caribbean have lengthy histories of herpetological exploration and discovery, or even longer histories of human-mediated environmental degradation. jointly, they represent an immense biodiversity hotspot – a zone wealthy in endemic species which are threatened with extinction. This two-volume sequence files the prevailing prestige of herpetofaunas (including sea turtles) of the Caribbean, and highlights conservation wishes and efforts. earlier contributions to West Indian herpetology have considering taxonomy, ecology and evolution, rather of lizards. This sequence offers a distinct and well timed evaluation of the prestige and conservation of all teams of amphibians and reptiles within the sector. This quantity introduces the problems really affecting Caribbean herpetofaunas, and offers an summary of evolutionary and taxonomic styles influencing their conservation. Chapters concentrate on teams which were particularly missed within the Caribbean: amphibians and snakes. a big bankruptcy describes the matter of invasive species of amphibians and reptiles within the West Indies. 3 chapters then care for islands of the broader Caribbean that proportion some of the related difficulties yet fall outdoor the West Indies biogeographic sector: the Atlantic islands of the Bermuda team; the Dutch continental shelf islands of Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire, and the Neotropical islands of Trinidad and Tobago. The publication should be priceless to biologists and conservationists operating in or traveling the Caribbean, and across the world as a precis of the present scenario during this varied and demanding sector.

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This is a fact, and this habitat destruction continues even within most parks and reserves in the Greater Antilles (Puerto Rico being a notable exception). In most cases, laws exist to prevent deforestation but they are often not enforced because of lack of resources. Aid provided by the governments of developed countries usually is not distributed to developing countries in an innovative or effective manner that would help slow or halt declines of species. Instead, it is the large, non-profit, private organizations, such as The Nature Conservancy and Conservation International, which are in an ideal position to target conservation hot-spots and achieve rapid results.

A fourth species, E. jasperi, is an obligate bromeliad-dweller, and the fifth species, E. eneidae, is poorly known but is arboreal and occurs in cloud and elfin forest. This high proportion of riparian species (only 7% of all native West Indian species are riparian) is consistent 40 S. M. , 2008). H) has searched extensively — without success — for all five “missing” species in habitats and localities where they once occurred in abundance. In addition, others have searched for E. , 2007), also without success.

1978): Impact of feral cats and dogs on populations of West Indian rock iguana, Cyclura carinata. Biol. Conserv. 14: 63-73. M. (2001): Climatic impact of tropical lowland deforestation on nearby montane cloud forests. Science 294: 584-587. Lescure, J. (1979): Étude taxinomique et éco-éthologique d’un Amphibien des petites Antilles: Leptodactylus fallax Müller, 1926 (Leptodactylidae). Bull. Mus. Natn. Hist. , Paris 1: 757774. , Hannah, L. (2006): Global warming and extinctions of endemic species from biodiversity hotspots.

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