Written and Illustrated by Husein Ali Zorkot
This book, A Guide to the Amphibians of Lebanon and the Middle East, is the first book of its kind to describe all the amphibians of the Mideast, an area which includes the Levant, Cyprus, Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Persia, the Arabian Peninsula, North Africa, Abyssinia, and the Horn of Africa, covering nearly forty countries and a unique and diverse assortment of biomes, habitats, and ecosystems.
This book also covers the major river systems in the area, such as the Nile, Tigris, and Euphrates, in addition to the Senegal, Jubba, and Shabelle rivers, the Levantine and Maghrebine river basins and wetlands, as well as all types of terrestrial habitats.
Around 128 species are treated in detail and are arranged, not alphabetically, but rather according to their taxonomic and phylogenetic relationships, starting with the midwife toads and painted frogs and concluding with the newts and salamanders.
Species entries highlight the range, habitat, morphological characteristics such as shape, body proportions, length, gender differences, colouration patterns, breeding appearance, and variations, life habits and ecology such as aquatic and terrestrial preferences, seasonal adaptations, breeding behaviours, courtship displays, larval development, defensive mechanisms, diet, and longevity, along with conservation status, voice and calling behaviours. Descriptions are also accompanied by a range map, and common and Arabic names are included. Each species is illustrated in high quality colour plates, including the male, female, and juvenile, as well as colouration pattern variations. Furthermore, there are black-and-white dot drawings illustrating amphibian anatomy, development such as eggs and larval stages, along with defense postures and other behavioural aspects. In addition, the book is equipped with a glossary of herpetological terms, a checklist of Mideastern amphibians, and a reference and further reading section with prominent global organisations and societies important in amphibian conservation and survival.
Sponsored by: MAVA Foundation, The Sigrid Rausing Trust, and International Union for Conservation of Nature – Regional Office for West Asia
Published in 2020 – Beirut ISBN: 978-9953-0-5249-6
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