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Field Guide to the Wildlife of New Zealand

New Zealand is a popular tourist destination with a wide range of dramatic scenery and a long list of endemic species. Although the country's wildlife has suffered as a result of unwelcome introductions, most species have managed to survive thanks to a number of dedicated and inspired conservationists. This glorious photographic field guide illustrates most of the vertebrate species to be found there, as well as a large number of typical invertebrates and flora. The photographs are accompanied by a succinct text, and this portable guide will be invaluable to all visitors to the country with an interest in natural history.
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Table of Contents

Contents Foreword 5 Acknowledgements 6 Author's introduction 7 Map of New Zealand 9 Introduction 10 Overview, Natural History Human History Maps of North & South Islands Conservation & Alien species Climate Habitats 20 Coast Rivers and Wetlands Forest - Lowland & Upland Alpine and subalpine Geology 26 Birds 30 Mammals 92 Amphibians & Reptiles 98 Invertebrates 108 Seashore 128 Plants 136 Native Trees and Shrubs Vines & Epiphytes Ferns Herbs - Native - Alpine Herbs - Native - Coastal Herbs - Native - Other Grasses and Sedges Non-Vascular Plants 226 Fungi Mosses, Liverworts, Hornworts Lichens Appendices Places to Visit 234 National Parks & Protected Areas 238 Bibliography 242 Glossary 246 Organisations 248 Index 250

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An accessible field guide covering the entire range of New Zealand's fauna and flora. Illustrated throughout with hundreds of spectacular colour photographs. Succinct text gives important information on identification, distribution and biology. Conveniently pocket-sized format will appeal to naturalists and general tourists.

About the Author

Julian Fitter is a naturalist and author who lives in New Zealand for much of the year. His previous books include the bestselling Wildlife of the Galapagos, and Albatross: Their world, their ways (co-author).


'For the inquisitive visitor, this photographic field guide is the perfect companion - small and compact.' Birding World (2010)

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