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General Introduction

L. Lee Grismer

in Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California, Including Its Pacific Islands and the Islands in the Sea of Cortes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780520224179
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925205 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520224179.003.0001
General Introduction

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Baja California's ecological transformations and diverse climactic regimes have contributed to its biotic diversity. This book examines the physiographic nature of Baja California to provide better insights into the distribution and geographic variation of its herpetofauna. It discusses the biological exploration and history of herpetological research in Baja California and the Gulf of California (the Sea of Cortés). It also provides information about faunal relationships, historical biogeography, and ecological biogeography of amphibians and reptiles in these regions.

Keywords: Baja California; biotic diversity; herpetofauna; Sea of Cortés; amphibians; reptiles

Chapter.  18653 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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