A Neotropical Companion : An Introduction to the Animals, Plants, and Ecosystems of the New World Tropics. Illustrated by Andrea S. Lejeune.

By: Kricher, JohnContributor(s): LeJeune, Andrea S | Plotkin, MarkMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2015Copyright date: ©1998Description: 1 online resource (503 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781400866915Subject(s): Ecology -- Latin America | Forest ecology -- Latin America | Natural history -- Latin AmericaGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: A Neotropical Companion : An Introduction to the Animals, Plants, and Ecosystems of the New World Tropics. Illustrated by Andrea S. LejeuneDDC classification: 577.09 LOC classification: QH106.5 .K75Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents -- Foreword -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- A Personal Note to the Reader -- Conversions -- 1. Tropical Climates and Ecosystems.
Summary: A Neotropical Companion introduces armchair travelers, field naturalists, and conservationists to the tropics of Central and South America. In recent years the neotropics have been more and more frequently visited by those interested in rain forests and the exotic birds, mammals, insects, and plants of these ecosystems. At the same time scientific knowledge of the neotropics has bourgeoned. A primer for the student and for the scientific amateur, this well-illustrated volume presents a general and up-to-date view of some of the world's most complex natural environments. In addition, it provides the neotropical specialist with a broad look at the entire field of neotropical biology. After giving an overview of the different kinds of ecosystems in the tropics, the author describes the structure, function, and evolution of tropical rain forests. Tropical trees are then discussed, as are the vast array of vines, orchids, bromeliads, and other plants that live among the branches of the forest giants. A chapter on the "tropical pharmacy" treats the many drugs present in tropical vegetation and the evolutionary influence of these drugs. The book surveys the great diversity of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods of the neotropics and provides separate chapters on tropical savannas and on coastal ecosystems. An epilogue deals with the crucially important issues of the conservation of neotropical environments.
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Contents -- Foreword -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- A Personal Note to the Reader -- Conversions -- 1. Tropical Climates and Ecosystems.

A Neotropical Companion introduces armchair travelers, field naturalists, and conservationists to the tropics of Central and South America. In recent years the neotropics have been more and more frequently visited by those interested in rain forests and the exotic birds, mammals, insects, and plants of these ecosystems. At the same time scientific knowledge of the neotropics has bourgeoned. A primer for the student and for the scientific amateur, this well-illustrated volume presents a general and up-to-date view of some of the world's most complex natural environments. In addition, it provides the neotropical specialist with a broad look at the entire field of neotropical biology. After giving an overview of the different kinds of ecosystems in the tropics, the author describes the structure, function, and evolution of tropical rain forests. Tropical trees are then discussed, as are the vast array of vines, orchids, bromeliads, and other plants that live among the branches of the forest giants. A chapter on the "tropical pharmacy" treats the many drugs present in tropical vegetation and the evolutionary influence of these drugs. The book surveys the great diversity of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods of the neotropics and provides separate chapters on tropical savannas and on coastal ecosystems. An epilogue deals with the crucially important issues of the conservation of neotropical environments.

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In recent years both interest in and information about the tropics of Central and South America have increased greatly. This book attempts to introduce naturalists and conservationists to the complex ecosystems of this region, and to the birds, mammals, plants, and insects that inhabit them. It is aimed at the scientific amateur, but it is a good overview even for neotropical specialists. Kricher begins with an overview of different neotropical ecosystems, followed by more detailed discussion of tropical rain forests. He then discusses tropical trees, woody plants and shrubs, and the various medicinal properties of many tropical plants. There are chapters on neotropical birds and mammals, as well as general chapters describing the ecosystems of neotropical savannas and coastal regions. The author concludes with a discussion of conservation issues in the tropics. There is an extensive bibliography for further reading, as well as an index of scientific names used in the book. This work is one of the best of many recent general books about the neotropics because it combines balanced, comprehensive coverage of the subject with lively, entertaining descriptions of the region. Kricher includes the scientific detail necessary for the specialist without overwhelming the general reader. An excellent addition to undergraduate or general biology collections. S. H. Barringer Arizona State University

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