Field book, guide for Madre de Dios, Perú?

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ratzinger007
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Field book, guide for Madre de Dios, Perú?

Post by ratzinger007 » June 22nd, 2010, 5:53 pm

What do you recommend?
Why?

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Re: Field book, guide for Madre de Dios, Perú?

Post by iljjlm » July 13th, 2010, 7:43 am

Here is one for Amphibians of the region. Just print it off and laminate it.
http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/plantguides/ ... %201.2.pdf

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Re: Field book, guide for Madre de Dios, Perú?

Post by ratzinger007 » July 15th, 2010, 11:37 am

Thanks. :thumb:

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Terry
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Re: Field book, guide for Madre de Dios, Perú?

Post by Terry » November 17th, 2010, 7:02 pm

Cusco Amazónico: The Lives of Amphibians and Reptiles in an Amazonian Rainforest by W. Duellman is the most comprehensive guidebook I know of for that area. It has a great dichotomous key and describes the microhabitat where certain species were found during the study. When I was in Tambopata I would generally look up where Duellman found a certain species after I had found it and they often coincided. (ie. I found a Liana Snake on a tree buttress and that's where the literature says they found one.) This happened often until I realized if I read where he found these snakes before I found them, perhaps I'd have a better chance. I'm a slow learner, but once things get inside they stay there. :lol:

The downside of this book is it weighs a ton and it's huge.

I've also flipped through Bartlett's Reptiles and Amphibians of the Amazon: An Ecotourist's Guide It's much more portable. The animals in this book are drawn, not photographed. Some people like this but I prefer photos. It's a much more portable guide but it covers the entire scope of the Amazon. Many species listed aren't found in Madre de Dios and many that are only found in Madre de Dios aren't listed at all.

Hope this helps. Have a great time!

Terry

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Re: Field book, guide for Madre de Dios, Perú?

Post by Matt Cage » November 18th, 2010, 12:51 am

Terry

My version (and I think the only version of the book published) of Bartlett's book contains all photographs, not drawings. Most of the animals photographed are from the Peruvian Amazon. Though it not fully comprehensive, it will cover commonly found animals. Duellman's book is also very good. You can get both of these for very reasonable prices.

If you go through some effort, you can track down the following:

The reptiles of the Upper Amazon Basin, Iquitos region, Peru by James Ray Dixon
and
Guide to the Frogs of the Iquitos Region, Amazonian Peru (Peruvian Field Guides Ser No Sp 22), by Lily O. Rodriquez.

Both of these are good but they are expensive and many names are outdated (as they were published in the 80's). I have all of the the books on South America that I am able to track down. Even with them all, you will not be able to ID everything.

Good luck!

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