1) Raffaele, Herbert A. and James W. Wiley. Wildlife of the Caribbean. 2014. Princeton University Press. Paperback: 304 pages. Price: $19.95 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: This is the first comprehensive illustrated guide to the natural world of the Caribbean islands. It contains 600 vivid color images featuring 451 species of plants, birds, mammals, fish, seashells, and much more. While the guide primarily looks at the most conspicuous and widespread species among the islands, it also includes rarely seen creatures--such as the Rhinoceros Iguana and Cuban Solenodon--giving readers a special sense of the region's diverse wildlife.
Each species is represented by one or more color photos or illustrations; details regarding its identification, status, and distribution; and interesting aspects of its life history or relationship to humans. In addition, an introductory section focuses on the unique characteristics of the Caribbean's fauna and flora, the threats faced by both, and some of the steps being taken to sustain the area's extraordinary natural heritage.
Wildlife of the Caribbean is the essential field guide for learning about the living wonders in this area of the world.
This book features:
- The only guide of its kind for the Caribbean islands
- 600 detailed color images feature 451 amazing species
- Straightforward descriptions suitable for general audience
- Compact size makes the guide easy to carry
RECOMMENDATION: A well illustrated introduction to the wildlife (and plants) of the region.