250 pages | 19 Color Illus. | 87 B/W Illus.
This book presents a regionalization of the Andean region, based on an evolutionary biogeographic approach. Aimed at anyone wishing to understand biogeographic patterns of distribution of Andean plants and animals, the book provides a comprehensive treatment of three subregions, one transition zone, and 16 provinces. Lists of the synonyms and examples of taxa characterizing each area are given, and the relationships between the areas discussed, alongside hypotheses explaining the assembly of different biotas. Several maps illustrate the distribution of particular taxa, as well as area cladograms, diagrams and full-color vegetation profiles.
Theoretical background. Historical background. The Austral kingdom. The Andean region. Subantarctic subregion. Central Chilean subregion. Patagonian subregion. The South American transition zone. References