340 pages | 130 Color Illus.
West Southwest: Vertebrate Life in Southern California celebrates an amazingly diverse fauna with description, evolutionary background, geographic insight, and ecological detail. Southern California is a vast region of very different habitats – all with an abundance of unique species of plants and animals and all within a day’s drive. Southern California shares an evolutionary history with other areas of the Southwest, but it has its own identity. The book is not a field identification guide. Instead, the book provides the evolutionary history of species groups, details where the individual species occur and their habitat preferences, and how they avoid the perils of predation and human impact.
Key Selling Features:
Section I Fundamentals Chapter 1 The Land Chapter 2 The Climate Chapter 3 Exploration, Collections and the Museum Tradition Chapter 4 The Three Pillars of Natural History Section II Settings Chapter 5 Vegetation Past and Present Chapter 6 Plant–Vertebrate Communities Section III Vertebrates Chapter 7 Amphibians Chapter 8 Turtles and an Overview of the Amniotes Chapter 9 Lepdiosaurs—Squamates and Tuatara Chapter 10 Birds Chapter 11 MammalsChapter 12 The Ice Age Mammals