West Southwest: Vertebrate Life in the Southern California Environs

Gregory K. Pregill

June 1, 2018 by CRC Press
Reference - 340 Pages - 130 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9781138496965 - CAT# K350605

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Features

  •  Summarizes the evolutionary background and ecology of southern California’s vertebrates: freshwater fish, amphibians, turtles, snakes, lizards, birds and mammals.
  • Reviews the history of southern California’s biotic communities from the coast to the deserts and their association with other areas of the Southwest.
  • Discusses vertebrate design and how it affects performance and lifestyle.
  • Extends and enhances the content of regional field identification guides.
  • Includes 120 maps, figures and color plates.

Summary

West Southwest: Vertebrate Life in Southern California celebrates an amazingly diverse fauna with description, evolutionary background, geographic insight, and ecological detail. Southern California is a vast region of very different habitats – all with an abundance of unique species of plants and animals and all within a day’s drive. Southern California shares an evolutionary history with other areas of the Southwest, but it has its own identity. The book is not a field identification guide. Instead, the book provides the evolutionary history of species groups, details where the individual species occur and their habitat preferences, and how they avoid the perils of predation and human impact.

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