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Amphibians of Central and Southern Africa (Comstock Books in Herpetology) Hardcover – October 25, 2001

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Product Details

  • Series: Comstock Books in Herpetology
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Comstock Publishing Associates; 1 edition (October 25, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801438659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801438653
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,722,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Alan Channing has produced a 'field guide' with the most extensive geographic range for amphibians for any part of Africa. . . . The book is thorough, yet succinct. It includes amply illustrated taxonomic keys and a glossary, so the user can quickly identify a specimen to family, then to genus, and then to species. . . . Channing has learned from and improved upon the format of previous books, and his geographical coverage is greater than most. . . . For those persons interested in learning about the amphibians in central and southern Africa, or doing fieldwork there, having a thorough volume like Channing's will make it a lot easier."—Copeia, 2002, No. 4

"In all, this book is not only a first-of-its-kind and long-awaited reference/guide book, but a book that is most readable and easily understood by virtually anyone interested in amphibians. One will be delighted by the excellent writing style and wealth of information presented by Channing."—Sonoran Herpetologist, 2002

"Herpetologist Channing has produced a superb identification and reference guide to the more than 200 species of caecilians, toads, and frogs of Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. . . . Well-written and authoritative. Recommended."—Choice, July 2002

"This book represents a major advance in the study of African amphibians. . . . Channing has extensive field experience and knowledge of amphibians of central and southern Africa, and his book will be of great interest to naturalists, biologists, and frog lovers."—Javier Valverde, Reptilia, No 23, August 2002

"Amphibians of Central and Southern Africa is more than a conventional field guide; it offers information in addition to the usual brief species descriptions, distribution maps and colour photographs typically found in a field guide."—Graham J. Alexander, University of the Witwatersrand, African Journal of Herpetology, 51(2) 2002

"Amphibians of Central and Southern Africa is a comprehensive, easy to read compilation of the current state of knowledge on amphibians in sub-equatorial Africa. . . . Amphibians of Central and Southern Africa is comprehensive, well written and suitable for both amateurs and researchers."—Janet Hughes, Penn State, E-Streams, Vol. 5, No. 7

"At last, a book that covers the amphibians of all of central and southern Africa! Alan Channing has combined his wide experience in the field and unique familiarity with the vocalizations of the frogs with a detailed synthesis of the literature to produce an outstanding work that will meet the needs of the interested naturalist as well as the professional biologist."—Kim M. Howell, Department of Zoology and Marine Biology, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

"Amphibians of Central and Southern Africa is a major step forward in the study of African amphibian biology. The first comprehensive treatment of southern Africa, it will be extraordinarily important in directing the way for further research. The keys are workable and the accounts succinct and accurate. Alan Channing's book will prove valuable for the serious systematist, people interested in access to what is known of the life-history of southern African frogs and caecilians, and anyone who requires knowledge on the life-history , ecology, and distribution of southern African amphibians for conservation applications."—Darrel Frost, Curator of Herpetology, American Museum of Natural History

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. H. De Jong on March 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book looks very nice and the provided information is very helpful with determining the species. However, the first toad I met in Namibia, fits the description of Bufo gutturalis and the photograph of Bufo garmani. I think that these pictures are swapped. The second species I found is a tree frog with orange and black net-like pattern. With the pictures I cannot find it and my own photograph appears to be not enough to use the provided keys to the species. The third species I found is a small toad with a blinking green stripe in the middle of the back and this is exactly the same story.

Concluding: 192 very nice colour photographs and very clear and informative text for each species, but you need to have the animal in captivity (or dead) to use the keys.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. van Heese on April 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Very nice book, but I would have expected the pictures to be next to the description of the animal.
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