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Amphibians and Reptiles of Texas: With Keys, Taxonomic Synopses, Bibliography, and Distribution Maps (W. L. Moody JR. Natural History) [Paperback]

James R. Dixon , Toby J. Hibbitts

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15 Jan 2013 W. L. Moody, Jr., Natural History (Book 45)
This third edition of James R. Dixon's "Amphibians and Reptiles of Texas: With Keys, Taxonomic Synopses, Bibliography, and Distribution Maps," completely redesigned throughout with color photographs, revised taxonomic keys, and updated species descriptions, covers more than two hundred species of amphibians and reptiles. As in the previous editions, the book includes an extensive listing of the literature on Texas amphibians and reptiles that goes back to the historic writings of Berlandier, in the early nineteenth century, and is updated to reflect the most recent research.?Comprehensive distribution maps, updated references, and an exhaustive bibliography round out this latest edition of what has come to be widely recognized as the standard scientific guide and reference for professional, academic, and amateur naturalists interested in the herpatofauna of Texas.

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  • Paperback: 447 pages
  • Publisher: Texas A & M University Press; 3rd edition edition (15 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603447342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603447348
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 18.3 x 3.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,333,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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."..a beautiful and useful book...it has a place in homes where nature is important. Schools should order copies."--;i>The Mexia News"--Jerry Turner"The Mexia News" (03/08/2013)

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JAMES R. DIXON is professor emeritus at Texas A&M University and curator emeritus of amphibians and reptiles at the Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collection.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Very good ref. but... 31 Aug 2013
By Brushf - Published on Amazon.com
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As a biologist in Texas I bought this book given the updated taxonomy and range maps. It is a welcomed addition to my shelf and for its purpose it probably deserves a good 5 stars. However for those amateurs and casual naturalists, this is perhaps not the book you want. This is NOT a field guide, it is pretty academic. There are no species accounts per se, no measurements, no biology etc. other than a few brief comments, though the authors do guide the reader toward other publications for that purpose. The range maps are based solely on confirmed specimens and or photographs. Thus in a number of instances I find the actual range/county records to be lacking based on this criteria but I fully understand the reasoning behind this approach. This edition does reflect the most current taxonomic arrangement/changes to date by two of the most respected herpetologists in the state with the senior author providing his thoughts on how he interprets his approach to be in the introduction. The authors have provided exhaustive citations and keys to species, indeed to the point those involve nearly half of the text of this rather large, heavy book. I appreciate this. There are color photos of every species, as examples, sometimes showing morphological or subspecies differences. For the serious student or field biologist the ref. materials and documented records (by county), this ref. will prove invaluable. As an identification or field guide, it is not going to satisfy. Still it will have an important spot, as I said, on my shelf. I just wanted to make sure the reader was clear on what the intent of this book is. It is less than clear when one is looking for a small portable field guide via Amazon. I just wish it included more in the way of species accounts/biology
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Range Maps!! 18 Mar 2014
By dsd - Published on Amazon.com
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Dixon has combined a lot of sources and put together range maps with a dot in each county that each animal has been reported in the state. This is the why I bought the book. You can find more thorough information about each species elsewhere, but nowhere else can you find all species reported for particular counties...granted you have to identify the county from the little map itself but you can compare to an online map of counties if need be.

The beginning of the book has identification keys. I have yet to test the accuracy but the keys are thorough and the author is well known and highly respected so I have no doubt they are useful should you need them.

The book serves the exact purpose I bought it. Highly recommended as noted.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for reference purposes 24 Oct 2013
By Brad Hutchinson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is excellent and a much needed revision to the previous edition when used as a reference book (this is key). This book IS NOT A FIELD GUIDE and not meant to be one which seems to be the only reason it has received negative reviews here. The purpose of this book is to show the county by county distribution of Amphibians and Reptiles in Texas and to provide a comprehensive bibliography list for people who want to read further on a specific species. The bibliography in this book is 4229 references long very substantial.

To those who are not aware let me explain why this book is useful. When a new county record for Texas is published in Herpetological Review or other journals for an Amphibian or Reptile it is always this book (one of the editions) by Dixon that is listed as the reference for the submitter to show it is a new county record. The previous edition was written around 10 years ago and many county records have been added so a revision was needed. I have corresponded with Dr. Dixon over the years through email when I was submitting some specimens to him at the Texas Cooperative collection to be added as a new county record. Thus, this is also the first revision that has listed me in the bibliography for county records which I had been waiting for.
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a guide for all the amphibians and reptiles of Texas is in ONE BOOK. 12 May 2013
By James Pullman - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the good state range maps included with the species description. These counties all have records backed up by collected specimens, not observations from miscellaneous people which may or may not be valid. I also like the notations in parentheses of the new names for the genera and species that are being changed because of recent genetic work.
I can use this book when I help with creating lists for specific counties.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I expected so much more 6 July 2013
By Kenneth Bader - Published on Amazon.com
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Typically, state field guides are an absolute necessity for serious herpers. They provide more detailed range maps than guides that cover the entire U.S., and they have photographs of specimens found within the state. These are both available in this guide, but it lacks a lot of information for such a large book. To get descriptions of individual species you have to troll through the key, instead of looking in the species accounts section. Where is the information on the animal's preferred habitat and behavior? The photos are adequate, but it would be useful to have multiple shots from different angles, or of the undersides of some species, such as Sceloporus and Earless lizards.

This book is good for scientists collecting specimens for their museum. For field identification in Texas, you may be better off printing off pages from the website: [...]
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