REPTILES ESPAÑOLES. IDENTIFICACIÓN, HISTORIA NATURAL Y DISTRIBUCIÓN. Alfredo Salvador and Juan Manuel Pleguezuelos. 2002. Canseco Editores S. L. (available from: Librería Linneo [[email protected]], calle Miguel Yuste, 26, 28037 Madrid, Spain). ISBN 84-932095-5-4. 493 p. 40 € (approximately $40.00) (hardcover).—When I first stepped from ship to shore in southern Spain in 1969, Hellmich (1962) and Mertens and Wermuth (1960) were the only identification guides in my possession. The former, although illustrated, was far from complete and the latter, a complete list of the amphibian, and reptile fauna of Europe, lacked distribution maps and illustrations of each taxon. As an amateur herpetologist, I spent the next year maneuvering through confusing details that arise as one begins to learn his local fauna.

Today, being “fresh off the boat” no longer translates to endless hours toiling over confusing species descriptions and broad-brush statements of areas of occurrence. Field guides to reptiles and amphibians are...

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