By L. Lee Grismer
The Baja California peninsula is domestic to many varieties of existence came upon nowhere else in the world. This, mixed with the peninsula's rugged and inaccessible terrain, has made the realm one of many final precise organic frontiers of North the United States. L. Lee Grismer is not just the key authority at the amphibians and reptiles of Baja California, but additionally a very good photographer. He has produced the main entire paintings at the herpetofauna of the peninsula and its islands ever released. With its lovely colour pictures, special debts of many little-known species, and outlines of the region's different setting, this can be the definitive consultant to the amphibians and reptiles of a desirable and distant region.The fruits of Grismer's area century of fieldwork at the Baja peninsula and his exploration of a couple of hundred of its islands within the Pacific Ocean and the ocean of Cort?s, this e-book offers details at the id, distribution, traditional heritage, and taxonomy of every species of amphibian and reptile chanced on there. initial debts of the existence historical past of some of the salamanders, frogs, toads, turtles, lizards, and snakes are said right here for the 1st time, and several other species that have been nearly unknown to technological know-how are illustrated in complete colour. The booklet additionally includes new information on species distribution and at the impact of the remoted panorama of the peninsula and its islands at the evolutionary method. a lot of the data amassed this is awarded in biogeographical overviews that think about the tremendous different environments of Baja California in either a modern and a historic framework. An unique and critical contribution to technological know-how, this publication will generate extra examine for years yet to come because it turns into a benchmark reference for either pros and amateurs.
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S. S. and Mainland Mexico Shared only with Mainland Mexico Endemic (▲ = insular endemic) ▲ • ▲ • • ▲ • • • • ▲ • • ▲ • ▲ • • • • • • • • • E LAPI DAE: Coral Snakes Micruroides euryxanthus (Western Coral Snake) • VI PE R I DAE: Vipers and Pit Vipers Crotalus (Rattlesnakes) angelensis (Isla Ángel de la Guarda Rattlesnake) atrox (Western Diamondback Rattlesnake) caliginis (Islas Coronado Rattlesnake) catalinensis (Isla Santa Catalina Rattlesnake) cerastes (Sidewinder) enyo (Baja California Rattlesnake) estebanensis (Isla San Esteban Rattlesnake) lorenzoensis (Isla San Lorenzo Rattlesnake) mitchellii (Speckled Rattlesnake) molossus (Black-Tailed Rattlesnake) muertensis (Isla El Muerto Rattlesnake) ruber (Red Diamond Rattlesnake) tigris (Tiger Rattlesnake) tortugensis (Isla Tortuga Rattlesnake) viridis (Western Rattlesnake) ▲ • ▲ ▲ • • ▲ ▲ • • ▲ • • ▲ • Introduced vegetational associates and are referred to as the Río Colorado Group.
Most of the members of this group have various specializations for living in the open, sandy, and arid extremes of this area. Another group, whose distribution in Baja California is contained entirely within the Lower Colorado Valley Region, is the Colorado River Riparian Group. Species of this group enter Baja California along the Río Colorado and its tributaries. Some are strictly aquatic; others ﬁnd shelter and food in the vegetation along the watercourses or irrigation canals. None of the members of this group would occur in Baja California if it were not for these water sources.
ARID TROPICAL REGION The Arid Tropical Region is composed of two disjunct sections. The ﬁrst occurs on the mountainous upper elevations of the Sierra Guadalupe and Sierra la Giganta, beginning approximately due east of Mulegé and terminating just north of the Isthmus of La Paz. This region varies in ele- figure 15 Arid Tropical Region vegetation of Valle de Guadalupe in the Sierra Guadalupe, BCS vation from 504 to 2,088 m, and the majority of its precipitation comes between June and October, from southern convectional storms that leave between 200 and 300 mm of rain each year.