A Visual Reference to Frogs and Toads from Around the World
by Chris Mattison
2007, 528 pages, color photos throughout. Covering 300 species, subspecies and forms of frogs and toads, this book provides an invaluable reference to a remarkable group of amphibians. The diversity of frogs and toads is immense, yet the very existence of many species seems threatened, with many populations in decline, often for unknown reasons.
The text describes key aspects of form, natural history, and distribution. A sidebar for each entry includes common/scientific names, family, size, key features, habits, breeding, diet, habitat, distribution, status, and similar species. Full-page vibrant color photos help identify species in the field. The book includes specific information on the order Anura, the “canary in the mine” for our environment. The extensive index lists frogs by both common and scientific names.
This book is a straightforward and authoritative introduction to frogs and toads. It is an appealing, convenient and useful resource for naturalists, amphibian enthusiasts and general readers. Hardcover; 6-1/4 x 6-1/2″.
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