By L. Lee Grismer
The Baja California peninsula is domestic to many different types of existence discovered nowhere else on the earth. This, mixed with the peninsula's rugged and inaccessible terrain, has made the world one of many final real organic frontiers of North the US. L. Lee Grismer is not just the major authority at the amphibians and reptiles of Baja California, but additionally a very good photographer. He has produced the main complete paintings at the herpetofauna of the peninsula and its islands ever released. With its beautiful colour pictures, unique debts of many little-known species, and outlines of the region's assorted surroundings, this can be the definitive consultant to the amphibians and reptiles of a desirable and distant region.The end result of Grismer's area century of fieldwork at the Baja peninsula and his exploration of a couple of hundred of its islands within the Pacific Ocean and the ocean of Cort?s, this publication supplies details at the id, distribution, traditional historical past, and taxonomy of every species of amphibian and reptile chanced on there. initial money owed of the existence historical past of a number of the salamanders, frogs, toads, turtles, lizards, and snakes are pronounced the following for the 1st time, and a number of other species that have been nearly unknown to technology are illustrated in complete colour. The ebook additionally includes new information on species distribution and at the influence of the remoted panorama of the peninsula and its islands at the evolutionary approach. a lot of the knowledge collected here's offered in biogeographical overviews that think of the super diverse environments of Baja California in either a modern and a ancient framework. An unique and demanding contribution to technological know-how, this booklet will generate additional study for years yet to come because it turns into a benchmark reference for either execs and amateurs.
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Schmidt 1922 and Van Denburgh 1922 have remained the best descriptive accounts of the Baja California and Gulf of California herpetofauna to date. Other works concerning large segments of Baja California’s herpetofauna were mostly island checklists (Van Denburgh 1905; Van Denburgh and Slevin 1914, 1921a; Cliﬀ 1954a,b; Soulé and Sloan 1966; Savage 1967; Bostic 1975; Wilcox 1980; Murphy and Ottley 1984, Grismer 1993, 1999b, 2001a), none of which treated simultaneously the Paciﬁc and Gulf islands.
The sheer numbers of specimens that have been removed from some areas are also alarming. I was told by two Mexican nationals from La Paz that they helped one American reptile dealer collect over one thousand San Lucan Banded Rock Lizards (Petrosaurus thalassinus) in the Cape Region for over two years. Many of these were sold, and others provided the parental stock for illegal captive propagation. Commercialization of this herpetofauna threatens insular endemics most of all. For example, the Isla Todos Santos Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis herrerae) is conﬁned to a single, tiny island oﬀ the coast of Ensenada.
35 The Herpetofauna are conspicuously absent from the mesic California and Baja California Coniferous Forest regions of the northwest and, to a large extent, the Sierra la Laguna Region of the Cape. There is also a Saxicolous Group that is generally restricted to the more arid, rocky areas of the Peninsular Ranges. Members of this group usually range throughout many phytogeographic regions and show little geographic variation. The limiting factor of their distribution seems to be the presence of rock, and the species of this group are usually endemic to Baja California.