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Amphibien und Reptilien Südostasiens. (German) Hardcover – 31 Dec 1997

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: NTV Natur und Tier-Verlag (31 Dec. 1997)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 3931587126
  • ISBN-13: 978-3931587123
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 4.3 x 23.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,198,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Current Definitive Work for Southeast Asia 31 Dec. 2009
By Michael Cota - Published on
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Although it is not a complete accounting of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Southeast Asia, this book represents the definitive work of the region on both Amphibians and Reptiles. It concentrates specifically on the Sunda Region (from the Isthmus of Kra, south to include Java and east to include Borneo). Its numerous keys, along with useful spreadsheets of characteristics and geographic distribution is novel in its scope and would take mountains of literature to accumulate what they have concisely and efficiently compiled in this book.

Amphibians are listed by Order with keys to the Families, then Family to include the aforementioned keys and spreadsheets, then listing of species with original description citation, description, colour, sexual dimorphism, habitat, reproduction and larvae/tadpoles, geographic distribution and how they differ from other species.

Reptiles are in similar order to the Amphibians, but without, of course, the reference to larvae/tadpoles.

Being the definitive regional reference, it is a must for any herpetologist working in the region. Future authors will have a monumental task to unseat this publication as the 'go to' reference. Even though the book is in German, it is of tremendous value to non-German speaking herpetologists as well. Characteristics in German follow Latin very closely, making them easy to figure out. Those fluent in German will find it even more useful.

I gave it a rating of 4 of 5 stars only because it is not a complete accounting for the amphibians and reptiles of Southeast Asia, as the title implies; although, it rates a 4.5 of 5 stars.
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