Just in time for the rainy season, Cornell University Press is offering ASG and ASA members a special 30% discount on the new book, Amphibians of Costa Rica. Simply use the promo code 09CAU6 at checkout on the book’s website.
Amphibians of Costa Rica is the first in-depth field guide to all 206 species of amphibians known to occur in Costa Rica or within walking distance of its borders. A diminutive nation with abundant natural wealth, the country is host to 146 species of frogs and toads. Frogs of gemlike beauty and dizzying variety abound: some species can fit on the end of a human finger; others would take two hands to hold. In the rainforests, you can find frogs capable of gliding from high in the treetops to the forest floor, some that carry their eggs or their tadpoles around on their back, and others that secrete glue-like substances from their skin that are capable of sticking shut the mouth of attacking snakes.
Costa Rica is also home to fifty-three species of lungless salamanders, whose unique adaptations and abilities have allowed them to colonize habitats inaccessible to other amphibians. In addition to the spectacularly diverse salamanders, frogs, and toads found in the country, this guide includes the caecilians—bizarre and highly specialized creatures that somewhat resemble giant worms.
Author, photographer, and conservation biologist Twan Leenders has been studying the herpetofauna of Central America for more than twenty years. Leenders and his team of researchers have traipsed the rainforests, dry forests, and swamps of Costa Rica—toting portable photo studios—to put together the richest collection of photographs of Costa Rican herpetofauna known to exist. In addition to hundreds of photographs, range maps, morphological illustrations, and precise descriptions of key field characteristics, Amphibians of Costa Rica offers a wealth of natural history information, describing prey and predators, breeding strategies, habitat, and conservation status.
Praise for Amphibians of Costa Rica:
“Beautifully illustrated, with loads of great information and clearly defined field marks for each species, this groundbreaking book is destined to become the go-to guide to the amphibians of Costa Rica.”—Clay Bolt, natural history photographer and cofounder of Meet Your Neighbours
“Amphibians of Costa Rica is highly informative and visually appealing. The use of drawings, photographs, and maps for each species account makes this a uniquely valuable reference.”—Greg Watkins-Colwell, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University