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The New Neotropical Companion. Princeton, 2017


“For visitors from the temperate zone, the nature of the American tropics is exciting but very confusing. The dazzling diversity of plants and animals can seem overwhelming. In The New Neotropical Companion, John Kricher, a gifted scientist and communicator, brings order out of this chaos. With clear, lively language, he describes the patterns of tropical ecology and natural history in an accessible and engaging way―it’s both tremendously educational and fun to read. Now enhanced with abundant photographs, The New Neotropical Companion is essential reading for anyone intrigued by the wonderful biodiversity south of the border.”―Kenn Kaufman, author of Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America

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The acclaimed guide to the ecology and natural history of the American tropics―now fully updated and expanded

The New Neotropical Companion is the completely revised and expanded edition of a book that has helped thousands of people to understand the complex ecology and natural history of the most species-rich area on Earth, the American tropics. Featuring stunning color photos throughout, it is a sweeping and cutting-edge account of tropical ecology that includes not only tropical rain forests but also other ecosystems such as cloud forests, rivers, savannas, and mountains. This is the only guide to the American tropics that is all-inclusive, encompassing the entire region’s ecology and the amazing relationships among species rather than focusing just on species identification.

The New Neotropical Companion is a book unlike any other. Here, you will learn how to recognize distinctive ecological patterns of rain forests and other habitats and to interpret how these remarkable ecosystems function―everything is explained in clear and engaging prose free of jargon. You will also be introduced to the region’s astonishing plant and animal life.

Informative and entertaining, The New Neotropical Companion is a pleasurable escape for armchair naturalists, and visitors to the American tropics will want to refer to this book before, during, and after their trip.

  • Covers all of tropical America
  • Describes the species and habitats most likely to be observed by visitors
  • Includes every major ecosystem, from lowland rain forests to the high Andes
  • Features a wealth of color photos of habitats, plants, and animals
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Princeton University Press (March 7, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 448 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0691115257
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0691115252
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.94 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8 x 1 x 10 inches