Naturalized Reptiles and Amphibians of the World
By (author) Christopher Lever
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Naturalized Reptiles and Amphibians of the World by Christopher Lever
Book DescriptionThis book describes how the various alien reptiles and amphibians now living in the wild throughout the world were first introduced, how they subsequently became naturalized, their present distribution and status in those countries to which they were introduced, and their ecological and socio-economic impact (if any) on the native biota and local economies. Many species have had a more or less neutral impact, being neither beneficial nor harmful. However, several have had a positive ecological or socio-economic impact, while some such as the cane toad, have had an extremely destructive effect.The criteria for inclusion of a species are that it should have been imported from its natural range to a new country by human agency (either accidentally or deliberately) and that it should currently be established in the wild in self-maintaining and self-perpetuating populations unsupported by, and independent of, mankind.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198507710
(253mm x 194mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 24-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Christopher Lever
Naturalized Animals of Britain and Ireland, Hardback (October 2009)
Relates how the alien vertebrate animals now living in the wild in Britain and Ireland were introduced and naturalized, their status and distribution, and their impact on the local environment. This book describes animals that have been imported deliberately or accidentally and have established populations in the wild.
Naturalised Birds of the World, Hardback (October 2005)» View all books by Christopher Lever
This book discusses each of the world's naturalised bird species, describing how, why, when and where its introduction took place, how it became established, and the ecological and economic impacts of its presence. Each account includes maps, and there is a wealth of beautiful line drawings.
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Author Biography - Christopher Lever
Sir Christopher Lever is an established historian and author of a series of well-respected monographs and more popular natural history books. He specialises in vertebrates that have been introduced to geographical areas other than their native ones. Previous books include 'Naturalized Mammals of the World' and 'Naturalized Birds of the World', published by Longman, and 'Naturalized Fishes of the World', published by Academic Press. MA (Cantab), Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, Member of the IUCN (World Conservation Union) Species Survival Commission, Member of the Council of Ambassadors of WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature).
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