Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New Titles

1) Abbott, John C.. Dragonflies of Texas: A Field Guide. 2015. University of Texas Press. Paperback: 448 pages. Price: $27.95 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Dragonflies and damselflies (together known as Odonata) are among the most remarkably distinctive insects in their appearance and biology, and they have become some of the most popular creatures sought by avocational naturalists. Texas hosts 160 species of dragonflies, nearly half of the 327 species known in North America, making the state a particularly good place to observe dragonflies in their natural habitats.
     Dragonflies of Texas is the definitive field guide to these insects. It covers all 160 species with in situ photographs and detailed anatomical images as needed. Each species is given a two-page spread that includes photographs of both sexes and known variations when possible, key features, a distribution map, identification, discussion of similar species, status in Texas, habitat, seasonality, and general comments. Many of the groups also have comparative plates that show anatomically distinctive characteristics. In addition to the species accounts, John Abbott discusses dragonfly anatomy, life history, conservation, names, and photography. He also provides information on species that may eventually be discovered in Texas, state and global conservation rankings, seasonality of all species in chronological order, and additional resources and publications on the identification of dragonflies.  
RECOMMENDATION: A MUST have for anyone with an interest in the dragonflies of Texas!

2) Hibbitts, Troy and Toby. Texas Lizards: A Field Guide. 2015. University of Texas Press. Paperback: 333 pages. Price: $24.95 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: “Texas offers the opportunity to observe lizard diversity like no other part of the country,” writes Laurie J. Vitt in the foreword to Texas Lizards. From the moist eastern Piney Woods to the western deserts, lizards can be found in every part of Texas. The state has forty-five native and six naturalized species of lizards, almost half of the 115 species that live in the continental United States. Yet Texas lizards have not received full coverage in regional field guides, and no other guide dedicated solely to the state’s lizards has ever been published.
     Texas Lizards is a complete identification guide to all fifty-one native and established exotic lizard species. It offers detailed species accounts, range maps, and excellent color photographs (including regional, gender, and age variations for many species) to aid field identification. The authors, two of the state’s most knowledgeable herpetologists, open the book with a broad overview of lizard natural history, conservation biology, observation, and captive maintenance before providing a key to Texas lizards and accounts of the various lizard families and species. Appendices list species of questionable occurrence in Texas and nonestablished exotic species. Informational resources on Texas lizards, a map of Texas counties, a glossary, a bibliography, and indexes of common and scientific names round out the volume.
RECOMMENDATION: A MUST have for anyone with an interest in the lizards of Texas!

1 comment:

  1. John Abbott places an excellent digital photo on facing page and small ap (of TX, OK, LA, NM, AZ, bar showing mos of year shaded species is seen and concise full description with habitat, similar species differentiations. microscopic photos of cerci of all species included.

    A great improvement upon his He is on odonata central.