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2014 Vol. 13, No. 4
Sharks of the World: A Fully Illustrated
Guide. David Ebert, Sarah Fowler, and Leonard
Compagno, with illustrations by Marc Dando.
2013. Wild Nature Press, Plymouth, UK. 528
pp., $69.50, hardcover. ISBN: 09573946088.
Three eminent ichthyologists have amassed a
wealth of information on 500 species of sharks.
Pages 1–59 cover the evolution of fishes, their
biology, sharks and people, and keys to the
orders and families of living sharks. The bulk
of the volume contains 75 colored plates illustrating,
regardless of size, the 500 species
grouped in 9 orders and 31 families. Each species
account contains brief discussions of its
identification, distribution, behavior, and status,
as well as a line drawing of the species and a
colored world distribution map. Expanded species
accounts, enlarged world distribution maps
,and important literature about each species
makes Sharks of the World a “must have” by all
interested in sharks. - Frank Schwartz
A Guide to the Birds of Trinidad and Tobago.
2012. Richard ffrench. Cornell University
Press, Ithaca, NY. 524 pp. $39.95, softcover.
ISBN 9780801473647. Members of nearly all
the families of South American birds can be
found on the two beautiful West Indian islands
of Trinidad and Tobago, where the pleasant
climate, varied habitat, and avian diversity
create a “birder's paradise”. This easy-to-use
book is the third edition of a comprehensive
yet compact field guide to all 477 species of
the islands' birds, including 35 new species
accounts added to the country’s bird list since
the last edition. Richard ffrench’s work has
been a “bible” to birders since the appearance
of the first edition in 1973. This new
edition incorporates five decades of his notes
and records of the island’s birds to present
in a handy and readable form detailed and
comprehensive information about the birds of
Trinidad and Tobago. Showcasing 40 all-new
color plates by the very best bird artists working
under the direction of John P. O’Neill, the
third edition now includes illustrations of not
only the islands’ endemic and resident species,
but also the many migratory species that visit
the islands from both the north and the south.
The taxonomic arrangement and treatment of
families and species has also been brought in
line with the most recent determinations of
the A.O.U. Committee on Nomenclature for
a thoroughly up-to-date presentation. In his
introduction, Richard ffrench offers a comprehensive
history of ornithology in Trinidad and
Tobago and sets the scene by describing the
islands’ physiography, climate, and vegetation.
Individual species accounts, arranged by
family, make up the core of this identification
guide. The accounts cover habitat and status,
range and subspecies, field description and
basic measurements, voice, food, nesting, and
behavior. Richard ffrench’s summary of the
distribution of species and their breeding and
migration, as well as local conservation and
protection measures, makes this volume much
more than a typical field-guide treatment.
Received by the Southeastern Naturalist, Issue 14/1, 2014
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would like to recommend to the journal’s readership and are relevant to the journal’s mission of
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summaries of the text are also welcome.
On page 741 of the article entitled “Reproductive Biology of Clinch Dace, Chrosomus sp. cf.
saylori” published in SENA issue 13-4, the phrase “a fourth, undescribed taxon,” was mistakenly
inserted into the first sentence of the last paragraph, giving the erroneous impression that Tennessee
Dace was an undescribed species, when it actaully had been described by Starnes and Jenkins
in 1988, a fact correctly noted by the article's authors earlier in the manuscript. The correct version
of the sentence should read:
“There are currently 3 species of Chrosomus listed under state and/or federal endangered species
acts including C. cumberlandensis (Starnes & Starnes) (Blackside Dace), C. saylori (Skelton)
(Laurel Dace), and Tennessee Dace.”
Our apologies to the authors and readers for this editorial error.