By L. Lee Grismer
The Baja California peninsula is domestic to many varieties of existence stumbled on nowhere else on the earth. This, mixed with the peninsula's rugged and inaccessible terrain, has made the realm one of many final real organic frontiers of North the USA. L. Lee Grismer isn't just the major authority at the amphibians and reptiles of Baja California, but additionally a great photographer. He has produced the main complete paintings at the herpetofauna of the peninsula and its islands ever released. With its wonderful colour photos, distinct bills of many little-known species, and outlines of the region's assorted setting, this can be the definitive advisor to the amphibians and reptiles of a desirable and distant region.The end result of Grismer's zone century of fieldwork at the Baja peninsula and his exploration of multiple hundred of its islands within the Pacific Ocean and the ocean of Cort?s, this ebook supplies info at the identity, distribution, typical heritage, and taxonomy of every species of amphibian and reptile chanced on there. initial money owed of the lifestyles background of some of the salamanders, frogs, toads, turtles, lizards, and snakes are suggested the following for the 1st time, and several other species that have been nearly unknown to technology are illustrated in complete colour. The ebook additionally comprises new facts on species distribution and at the influence of the remoted panorama of the peninsula and its islands at the evolutionary technique. a lot of the knowledge collected here's provided in biogeographical overviews that think about the tremendous different environments of Baja California in either a latest and a ancient framework. An unique and significant contribution to technology, this ebook will generate extra learn for years yet to come because it turns into a benchmark reference for either execs and amateurs.
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Any diﬀerences are usually due to the island’s relatively small size and low elevation and its being surrounded by water: for example, more moderate mean temperatures and slightly less diverse vegetational structure and composition. Generally, on islands greater than 3 km2, however, the vegetation is essentially the same as on the adjacent mainland (Cody et al. 1983). Therefore, all islands within the Gulf of California, with the exception of the Isla Encantada Archipelago, lie within the Central Gulf Coast Region (ﬁg.
It is edged to the west by a small southern section of the Vizcaíno Desert and the Magdalena Plain. ), Palo Blanco (Lysiloma candida), Pitahaya Agria (Stenocereus gummosus), Organ Pipe Cactus (Stenocereus thurberi), Palo Adán (Fouquieria diguetii), Little-Leaf Palo Verde (Cercidium microphyllum), and Cardón (Pachycereus pringlei). Palm-lined oases (ﬁg. 12) are characteristic of some of the deeper canyons and arroyos in these volcanic badlands, and there the dominant species are the Mexican Fan Palm (Washingtonia robusta) and Palma Palmía (Brahea brandegeei).
These form an extensive range of mountains, approximately 80 km long, bordered by the Río Colorado ﬂood plain on the east and Laguna Salada on the west. This poorly explored mountain range harbors a depauperate, saxicolous herpetofauna containing the endemic Sierra los Cucapás Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus grismeri), Northern Chuckwalla (Sauromalus obesus), Speckled Rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii), and perhaps others (McGuire 1994). In westcentral Baja California, two closely situated mountain ranges, the Sierra Vizcaíno and the Sierra Santa Clara, deﬁne the Vizcaíno Peninsula.