A Guide to the Amphibians of Lebanon and the Middle East
A resounding realm of amphibians comes alive in this modern scientific bestiary of the salientians and salamanders of the Middle East. This comprehensive guide is the first of its kind to describe all the amphibians of Lebanon, Western Asia, and North Africa in one volume. In addition to the amphibians of the Levant, Mesopotamia, Peninsular Arabia, Anatolia, and Persia, one will also encounter a diverse array of species living in the Afrotropics, the Atlas Mountains, and the countries north of the Sahara. This encyclopaedic guide, useful to both herpetologists and laypeople alike, intends to promote awareness of this region’s fragile herpetofauna, where many of the species are threatened and in need of conservation.
Around 128 species of amphibians are described, ranging from salamanders and newts, to true frogs, tree frogs, ridged frogs, midwife toads, spadefoots, and true toads, including 36 threatened and 55 rare and endemic species
Comprehensive, detailed species descriptions, including range and geographic distribution, habitat, morphology and diagnostic characteristics, variation, life habits, behaviour and ecology, voice and calls, economic significance, and conservation status
Colour maps accompanying each species description
High quality colour illustrations of each species along with numerous drawings and sketches, including those of tadpoles and efts, colour variation patterns, behaviours, postures, and reflexes
Common, scientific, and Arabic names
Concise introduction into the amphibians of Western Asia and North Africa, their biology and ecology, including details on the Litani, Orontes, and Beirut river valleys and water basins, the Anjar-Kfarzabad wetlands, and hima environmental sanctuaries in Lebanon