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Conservation of Mesoamerican amphibians and reptiles / edited by Larry David Wilson, Josiah H. Townsend, and Jerry D. Johnson ; foreword by James B. Murphy
Wilson, Larry David (ed.) ; Townsend, Josiah H. (coed.) (1978-) ; Johnson, Jerry D. (coed.) ; Murphy, James B. (coed.) (1939-) ;
Eagle Mountain, Utah : Eagle Mountain Publishing , 2010
Clasificación: 597.8 / C6
Bibliotecas: Chetumal , San Cristóbal
SIBE Chetumal
ECO030008249 (Disponible)
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SIBE San Cristóbal
ECO010017572 (Disponible) , ECO010009042 (Prestado)
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Mesoamerica, often called Middle America, is one of the world’s major biodiversity hotspots. The herpetofauna of this region consists of approximately 1,900 species, of which about 1,000 are endemic to specific countries. Conservation of Mesoamerican Amphibians and Reptiles (CMAR) represents the most comprehensive compilation of conservation-related herpetological contributions ever assembled for Mesoamerica. This volume will serve as a valuable reference for most future conservation work in this region. Nearly four years in the making, CMAR contains a complete conservation assessment of the herpetofauna of this megadiverse region, in addition to distributional analyses from the perspectives of country, physiographic region, elevation, and vegetation zone. The database and wealth of information included in this work are unprecedented in the field of conservation biology. Chapters on herpetofaunal conservation are featured for each of the Mesoamerican countries, with Mexico divided into four regions. Other feature chapters include such topics as the Global Amphibian Assessment, recent taxonomic changes, herpetofaunal distribution patterns, and a closing chapter examining the biodiversity significance, conservation status, and future challenges we face in attempting to save the entire Mesoamerican herpetofauna. Several ancillary chapters on a host of conservation issues also are included.

The systematics of the Mesoamerican herpetofauna is discussed and brought up to date, highlighted with extensive commentary on current taxonomic problems. An addendum provides a summary of recent taxonomic publications. This volume contains something for everyone with a serious interest in herpetology, conservation biology, zoo biology, or those involved with governmental policy structure regarding conservation and/or environmental problems. Perhaps more importantly, this book will serve as a source of inspiration for future research projects, especially for biologists and conservationists who seek to salvage as much of the spectacular diversity and endemicity of Mesoamerica as possible. A book for every serious herpetologist, onservationist,conservation organization, and zoological institution.


The Global Amphibian Assessment
The global decline of amphibians: current trends and future prospects
Recent Taxonomic Changes
Summary of recent changes in higher taxonomic categories of Mesoamerican amphibians and reptiles
Herpetofaunal Diversity and Endemicity
Distributional patterns of the herpetofauna of Mesoamerica, a biodiversity hotspot
The Country Assessments
The herpetofauna of Baja California and its associated islands: a conservation assessment and priorities
Geographic distribution and conservation of the herpetofauna of northern Mexico
Geographic distribution and conservation of the Mexican central highlands herpetofauna
The herpetofauna of southeastern Mexico: biogeography and conservation
Distribution and conservation of the herpetofauna of Belize
Diversity and conservation status of the Guatemalan herpetofauna
A conservation assessment of Salvadoran protected areas: priorities and recommendations based on amphibian and reptile distributions
Conservation of the Honduran herpetofauna: issues and imperatives
Conservation status of the herpetofauna of Nicaragua
The Costa Rican herpetofauna: conservation status and future perspectives
The herpetofauna of Panama: distribution and conservation status
Other Conservation Issues
Morphological phylogeny of the montane pitvipers (crotalinae: cerrophidion), with comments on the conservation of Mesoamerican highlands
Biogeography and conservation of the Honduran subhumid forest herpetofauna
Impact of fire on the wetland population of the scorpion mud turtle (kinosternon scorpioides) in northwestern Costa Rica
Natural history of the black spiny-tailed iguana (ctenosaura similis) at Parque Nacional Palo Verde, Costa Rica, with comments on the conservation of the genus ctenosaura

Abundance and distribution of the American crocodile (crocodylus acutus) at El Cajón Reservoir, Honduras, and the development of an integrated management plan for conservation
Conservation of crocodilians in Mesoamerica
Looking Ahead
The herpetofauna of Mesoamerica: biodiversity significance, conservation status, and future challenges