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The Indian Ocean island of Madagascar is one of the world’s great natural treasures and ecotourism destinations. Despite being an island, it is home to nearly an entire continent’s variety of species, from the famous lemurs to a profusion of bizarre and beautiful birds, reptiles and amphibians. Wildlife of Madagascar is a compact and beautifully illustrated photographic guide, and an essential companion for any visitor or resident. With an eye-catching design, authoritative and accessible text and easy-to-use format, it provides information on identification, distribution, habitat, behaviour, biology and conservation for all the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and butterflies likely to be seen.

  • The most comprehensive single-volume field guide to Madagascar’s wildlife
  • Attractive layout features more than 900 stunning colour photographs
  • Covers the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and butterflies, and some of the other invertebrates and plants, most likely to be seen
  • Provides key information about identification, distribution, habitat, behaviour and conservation
  • Introductory sections provide background information on Madagascar and its unique environments

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedications
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 4-7
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  1. A brief introduction to Madagascar
  2. p. 8
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  1. About this book
  2. p. 9
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  1. Map of Madagascar showing biogeographic zones and most visited natural sites
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. Biogeographic zones of Madagascar
  2. pp. 12-25
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  1. How to use this book
  2. pp. 26-29
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  1. MAMMALS
  2. pp. 30-31
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  1. CHEIROGALEIDAE
  2. pp. 32-37
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  1. LEPILEMURIDAE
  2. pp. 38-39
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  1. LEMURIDAE
  2. pp. 40-53
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  1. INDRIIDAE
  2. pp. 54-63
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  1. DAUBENTONIIDAE
  2. pp. 64-65
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  1. EUPLERIDAE
  2. pp. 66-69
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  1. CHIROPTERA I
  2. pp. 70-73
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  1. TENRECIDAE
  2. pp. 74-77
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  1. NESOMYIDAE
  2. pp. 78-79
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  1. CETACEA
  2. pp. 80-81
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  1. BIRDS
  2. pp. 82-83
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  1. Ducks and grebes
  2. pp. 84-85
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  1. Gamebirds
  2. pp. 86-87
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  1. Herons
  2. pp. 88-91
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  1. White egrets
  2. pp. 92-93
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  1. Compact herons and Hamerkop
  2. pp. 94-97
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  1. Larger raptors
  2. pp. 98-99
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  1. Smaller raptors
  2. pp. 100-101
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  1. Shy birds of the forest floor
  2. pp. 102-103
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  1. Rails and jacana
  2. pp. 104-105
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  1. Plovers
  2. pp. 106-109
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  1. Smaller, plainer sandpipers
  2. pp. 110-111
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  1. Larger, more distinctive sandpipers
  2. pp. 112-113
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  1. Aquatic oddities
  2. pp. 114-115
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  1. Terns
  2. pp. 116-117
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  1. Birds of the sea
  2. pp. 118-119
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  1. Doves and pigeons
  2. pp. 120-121
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  1. Endemic pigeons
  2. pp. 122-123
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  1. Parrots
  2. pp. 124-125
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  1. Cuckoos
  2. pp. 126-127
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  1. Couas of the dry west & southwest
  2. pp. 128-129
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  1. Couas of the wet east & north
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  1. Owls
  2. pp. 132-133
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  1. Nightjars
  2. pp. 134-135
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  1. Aerial feeders
  2. pp. 136-137
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  1. Kingfishers and bee-eater
  2. pp. 138-139
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  1. Hoopoe and roller
  2. pp. 140-141
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  1. More common rainforest ground-rollers
  2. pp. 142-143
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  1. Scarcer rainforest ground-rollers
  2. pp. 144-145
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  1. Long-tailed Ground-roller and Cuckoo-roller
  2. pp. 146-147
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  1. Asities
  2. pp. 148-149
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  1. Common open-country birds
  2. pp. 150-151
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  1. Widespread songbirds
  2. pp. 152-153
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  1. Robin-like birds
  2. pp. 154-155
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  1. Warblers that live close to the ground
  2. pp. 156-159
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  1. Forest canopy warblers
  2. pp. 160-161
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  1. Bernierids
  2. pp. 162-163
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  1. Sunbirds and white-eye
  2. pp. 164-165
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  1. Common and widespread vangas
  2. pp. 166-167
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  1. Typical vangas
  2. pp. 168-169
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  1. Strange vangas
  2. pp. 170-171
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  1. Large vangas
  2. pp. 172-173
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  1. Dark-headed vangas and cuckoo-shrike
  2. pp. 174-175
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  1. Mid-sized dark birds
  2. pp. 176-177
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  1. Weavers
  2. pp. 178-179
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  1. REPTILES
  2. pp. 180-181
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  1. Tortoises and terrapins
  2. pp. 182-183
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  1. Sea turtles and crocodile
  2. pp. 184-185
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  1. Tiny leaf chameleons of the north
  2. pp. 186-187
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  1. Widespread medium to large leaf chameleons
  2. pp. 188-189
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  1. The largest chameleons on earth
  2. pp. 190-191
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  1. Common chameleons of degraded areas
  2. pp. 192-193
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  1. Eastern rainforest chameleons: small
  2. pp. 194-195
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  1. Eastern rainforest chameleons: medium to large
  2. pp. 196-199
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  1. Chameleons of the north
  2. pp. 200-203
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  1. Chameleons of the west
  2. pp. 204-207
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  1. Swifts I: west and southwest
  2. pp. 208-209
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  1. Swifts II: rock-dwelling swifts of the southwest
  2. pp. 210-211
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  1. Plated lizards I: species without strong stripes on back
  2. pp. 212-213
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  1. Plated lizards II: species with strong stripes on back
  2. pp. 214-215
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  1. Skinks I
  2. pp. 216-219
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  1. Widespread day geckos
  2. pp. 220-221
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  1. Day geckos of the north
  2. pp. 222-223
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  1. Day geckos of the west, south and centre
  2. pp. 224-225
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  1. Dwarf geckos
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  1. Small nocturnal geckos
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  1. Large nocturnal geckos
  2. pp. 230-233
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  1. Leaf-tailed geckos I: leaf-like and dry bark-like species
  2. pp. 234-235
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  1. Leaf-tailed geckos II: mossy bark-like species
  2. pp. 236-237
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  1. Malagasy boas
  2. pp. 238-239
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  1. Distinctive snakes
  2. pp. 240-241
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  1. Common and widespread snakes
  2. pp. 242-243
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  1. Rainforest snakes
  2. pp. 244-245
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  1. FROGS
  2. pp. 246-247
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  1. Ridged frog and reed frogs
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  1. Distinctive terrestrial microhylids
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  1. Arboreal microhylids
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  1. Mantellas I: species with orange
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  1. Mantellas II: green-and-black species
  2. pp. 256-257
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  1. Small to medium bright-eyed frogs
  2. pp. 258-261
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  1. Medium to large bright-eyed frogs
  2. pp. 262-265
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  1. Various arboreal mantellids
  2. pp. 266-267
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  1. Various terrestrial mantellids
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  1. Bridge frogs
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  1. Madagascar frogs: plain species
  2. pp. 274-277
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  1. Madagascar frogs: more distinctive species
  2. pp. 278-281
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  1. INVERTEBRATES
  1. Invertebrates: distinctive species
  2. pp. 282-285
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  1. Butterflies: swallowtails
  2. pp. 286-291
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  1. Butterflies: pierids
  2. pp. 292-295
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  1. Butterflies: metalmarks and lycanids
  2. pp. 296-297
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  1. Butterflies: orange nymphalids
  2. pp. 298-303
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  1. Butterflies: various nymphalids (emperors, commodore and pansy)
  2. pp. 304-305
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  1. Butterflies: pansies
  2. pp. 306-307
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  1. Butterflies: black-and-white nymphalids
  2. pp. 308-311
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  1. Butterflies: satyrs
  2. pp. 312-313
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  1. Butterflies: skippers, and moths
  2. pp. 314-316
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  1. PLANTS
  1. Iconic plants
  2. pp. 316-319
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  1. Baobabs
  2. pp. 320-323
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  1. Glossary of terms
  2. pp. 324-326
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  1. Further reading and useful resources
  2. p. 327
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  1. Acknowledgements and photo credits
  2. pp. 328-331
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 332-344
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400880676
Related ISBN
9780691161716
MARC Record
OCLC
957249086
Pages
344
Launched on MUSE
2016-08-27
Language
English
Open Access
No
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