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Book Review: Salamanders and Newts of Europe, North Africa and Western Asia (Staniszewski)

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Salamanders and Newts of Europe, North Africa and Western Asia (Terralog: Salamanders and Newts of the World, Vol. 1) , by Marc Staniszewski (Frankfurt am Main, Edition Chimaira, 2011). 162 pages. This gorgeous book, with a minimum of text (bilingual, English on the left and German on the right) and a superabundance of wonderful photos, would be a treasured addition to any caudate library. Featuring the salamanders/newts of Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia, each species and sub-species featured has several pictures, usually a male, a female, in both the terrestrial phases and the aquatic phases if applicable, a location map, and often a picture of the habitat, and sometimes even a picture of the eggs. Additionally, each species has a key including information on husbandry: specifically, recommended vivarium size, water depth, preferred type or lack of aquatic foliage, type of land parameters (terrestrial? aquatic? cave-dwelling? rock dweller?), temperature range, diet, keeper expertise level, et al. I can’t praise the photographic wealth of pictures of each species enough; in my review of my most recent favorite book, Salamanders: Keeping and Breeding , I praised the many species pictures in the book; but this book offers us a glimpse into the variation within a species itself (for example, 22 pages of photos of Salamandra salamandra subspecies, including two of a female actually giving birth to a larva). I think that is the book’s most valuable feature, the variety of pictures of any given species. And the photos are just beautiful.

The example page I selected shows the best features of this book: four pictures of one subspecies, an area map, and a picture of the habitat. On the previous two pages (not pictured), are 12 pictures of Lissotriton vulgaris vulgaris, and two habitat shots.

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I enjoy that book too, especially the pictures of L.vulgaris.
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Yes, there are two photos on that page credited to our very own Jake! Including his avatar picture right here! If you look at the pic I scanned, you'll see it!
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