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Introduction Types of Species Covered The aim of this book is to enable anyone, visitor or resident, to identify all the birds, land mammals, marine mammals, reptiles, amphibians, dragonflies and butterflies that are likely to be encountered on these magical islands, as well as to give an introduction to the habitats in which these animals occur. The photographs and text highlight the key differences between all similar species occurring in the islands, so that given suitable views, the subject can be identified with confidence. Where there are major differences in appearance between sexes and/or age classes, these also have been illustrated when appropriate. The photographs were largely taken on the islands and therefore illustrate the local subspecies of wide-ranging species and the correct plumages of migratory birds that one is most likely to encounter. Acknowledgements A very large number of people have helped in the production of this book in a variety of ways, and thanks are due to them all, although any errors that may remain are entirely my own. Rob Still at Princeton WildGuides was instrumental in encouraging me to write this book following a wildlife-watching visit to Fuerteventura in 2004, when a guide of this nature would have been much appreciated. Rachel Still’s skills with the layout of the images, together with those of Rob Still, have really brought this book to life, whilst much assistance in getting the book off the ground was given by Robert Kirk at Princeton University Press. Latterly, Andy Swash at WildGuides helped greatly with the book production, as did Ellen Foos at PUP, and Amy K. Hughes did a fantastic job of copy-editing. Alejandro de Vera Hernández of Museo de Ciencas Naturales de Tenerife pointed us to invaluable mapping data. Jaime A. de Urioste of the Fundación Neotrópico was incredibly helpful in sourcing photographs of reptiles in the Canaries, and in addition carefully reviewed all of the text on reptiles and amphibians, which greatly improved its accuracy. I am also greatly indebted to Martin Wiemers for checking through the text on butterflies and for updating their taxonomy. Matt Rowlings was extremely helpful in providing photographs of many of the butterflies from his excellent euroButterflies website, whilst Luís Dias at provided all but three of the sea mammal images, as well as some Madeiran endemics. I would also like to thank Noemí Rodríguez for her detailed help with the Tenerife Speckled Lizard account and for helping to source photos of other Canarian endemics, as well as Teresa Farino of Iberian Wildlife for her help in tracking down photographs of some of the endemic butterflies. Particular thanks go to Marc Guyt and everyone at for sourcing and providing images, particularly of, but not limited to, birds. Thanks also to Domingo Trujillo González for his help with sourcing photographs of bats from the Canaries and Yeray Monasterio León for his help with Canarian butterflies. The photographic plates are a key feature of this book and I would like to thank all the photographers for allowing us to use their images. There are too many to list individually here, but all the photographic credits are listed on pages 214–216. Thanks are also due to the many friendly and helpful people we met on our visits to all of the islands, which made our research trips all the more enjoyable and valuable. Lastly, I would like to thank my wife, Janet, for her uncomplaining support and help during countless hours of research for this book, both in the field and at home on the computer, and for her companionship throughout. 4 ...


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