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Biogeography of the West Indies

Patterns and Perspectives, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

Edited by Charles A. Woods, Florence E. Sergile

CRC Press

608 pages | 100 B/W Illus.

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As a review of the status of biogeography in the West Indies in the 1980s, the first edition of Biogeography of the West Indies: Past, Present, and Future provided a synthesis of our current knowledge of the systematics and distribution of major plant and animal groups in the Caribbean basin. The totally new and revised Second Edition, Biogeography of the West Indies: Patterns and Perspectives, emphasizes recent ideas and hypotheses in the field and includes many new chapters and contributions. The authors use the broadest possible interpretations of the concepts of biogeography, consider anthropological and geological factors, and discuss the conservation of endemic species.

Drawing together contributions from the leading experts in biogeography and biodiversity, this book introduces new patterns and developments that add to our understanding of how plants and animals are dispersed throughout the region. Many contributions use new techniques such as molecular systematics to test older studies based strictly on morphological data. Unique in its inclusion of a wide variety of organisms and in its coordination of scientific data and conservation strategies, Biogeography of the West Indies: Patterns and Perspectives, Second Edition provides the only encyclopedic discussion available on the biogeography of the Antilles.

Table of Contents

Introduction, C.A. Woods

Biogeography of the West Indies: An Overview, S. Blair Hedges

Climate Change in the Circum-Caribbean and Implications for Regional Biogeography, J. Curtis, M. Brenner, and D. A. Hodell

Functional Adaptations to Island Life in the West Indies, B.K. McNab

Phylogeny and Biogeorgraphy of Lyonia sect. Lyonia (Ericaceae), W.S. Judd

Patterns of Endemism and Biogeography of Cuban Insects, J.A. Genaro and A. E. Tejuca

Patterns in the Biogeography of West Indian Ticks, J. O. de la Cruz

The Caribbean's Contribution to the Spider Fauna of Florida, J. Reiskind

Rhysodine Beetles in the West Indies, R.T. Bell

New Perspectives on the Biogeography of West Indian Butterflies: A Vicariance Model, J.Y. Miller and L.D. Miller

Relationships and Divergence Times of West Indian Amphibians and Reptiles: Insights from Albumin Immunology, C.A. Hass, L.R. Maxson, and S. Blair Hedges

The Historic and Prehistoric Distribution of Parrots in the West Indies, M.I. Williams and D.W. Steadman

Early Tertiary Vertebrate Fossils from Seven Rivers, Parish of St. James, Jamaica, and Their Biogeographic Implications, R.W. Portell, S.K. Donovan

The Sloths of the West Indies: A Systematic and Phylogenetic Review, J.L. White and R.D.E. MacPhee

The Origin of the Greater Antillean Insectivorians, H.P. Whidden and R.J. Asher

Systematics and Biogeography of the West Indian genus Solenodon, J.A. Ottenwalder

Characterization of the Mitochondrial Control Region in Solenodon Paradoxus from Hispaniola and the Implications for Biogeography, Systematics, and Conservation Management, M.W. Allard, S.D. Baker, G.L. Emerson, C.W. Kilpatrick, and J.A. Ottenwalder

Insular Patterns and Radiations of West Indian Rodents, C.A. Woods, R. Borroto Paez, and C.W. Kilpatrick

Biogeography of West Indian Bats: An Ecological Perspective, A. Rodriguez-Durán and T.H. Kunz

Patterns of Extinction in West Indian Bats, G.S. Morgan

The Mongoose in the West Indies: The Biogeography and Population Biology of an Introduced Species, G.R. Horst, D.B. Hoagland, and C.W. Kilpatrick

Status and Biogeography of the West Indian Manatee, L.W. Lefebvre, M. Marmontel, J.P. Reid, G.B. Rathbun, and D.P. Domning

Historical Biogeography in Cuba: The 19th Century Interpretations and Misinterpretations, P.M. Pruna Goodgall

Native American Use of Animals in the Caribbean, E.S. Wing

The Prehistory and Early History of the Caribbean, S.M. Wilson

Impact of Hunting on Jamaican Hutia (Geocapromys Brownii) Populations: Evidence from Zooarchaeology and Hunter Surveys, L. Wilkins

Status of Conservation in Haiti: 10 Years After, F.E. Sergile and C.A. Woods

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Animals / General
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution