Conservation of Caribbean Island Herpetofaunas Volume 1: Conservation Biology and the Wider Caribbean

Most of the islands of the Caribbean have long histories of herpetological exploration and discovery, and even longer histories of human-mediated environmental degradation. Collectively, they constitute a major biodiversity hotspot – a region rich in endemic species that are threatened with extinction. This two-volume series documents the existing status of herpetofaunas (including sea turtles) of the Caribbean, and highlights conservation needs and efforts. Previous contributions to West Indian herpetology have focused on taxonomy, ecology and evolution, particularly of lizards. This series provides a unique and timely review of the status and conservation of all groups of amphibians and reptiles in the region. This volume introduces the issues particularly affecting Caribbean herpetofaunas, and gives an overview of evolutionary and taxonomic patterns influencing their conservation. Chapters focus on groups that have been relatively neglected in the Caribbean: amphibians and snakes. A major chapter describes the problem of invasive species of amphibians and reptiles in the West Indies. Three chapters then deal with islands of the Wider Caribbean that share many of the same problems but fall outside the West Indies biogeographic region: the Atlantic islands of the Bermuda group; the Dutch continental shelf islands of Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire, and the Neotropical islands of Trinidad and Tobago. The book will be useful to biologists and conservationists working in or visiting the Caribbean, and internationally as a summary of the current situation in this diverse and important region.
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Table of contents

Introduction. Conservation of insular herpetofaunas in theWest Indies
Byron S. Wilson, Julia A. Horrocks and Adrian Hailey
An overview of the evolution and conservation of West Indian amphibians and reptiles
S. Blair Hedges
The conservation status of amphibians in theWest Indies
S. Blair Hedges and Luis M. Díaz
An overview of snake conservation in theWest Indies
Peter J. Tolson and Robert W. Henderson
Introduced amphibians and reptiles in the greater Caribbean: Patterns and conservation
Robert Powell, Robert W. Henderson, Michael C. Farmer, Michel Breuil, Arthur C. Echternacht, Gerard
van Buurt, Christina M. Romagosa and Gad Perry
Conservation of amphibians and reptiles in Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire
Gerard van Buurt
Status and conservation of the reptiles and amphibians of the Bermuda islands
Jamie P. Bacon, Jennifer A. Gray and Lisa Kitson
Conservation of herpetofauna in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Adrian Hailey and Michelle Cazabon-Mannette
Index of genera and species


Researchers working in or visiting the West Indies, and all those interested in the Caribbean as a biodiversity hotspot from a regional or international perspective.

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