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Island: Fact and Theory in Nature

James Lazell

Abstract

Guana, in the British Virgin Islands, is home to a remarkably diverse assortment of animal and plant life: mangroves, flamingos, iguanas, frogs, birds, snakes, spiders, tortoises, grasshoppers, and bats, to name but a few. What is so surprising about Guana's astonishing panoply is that, according to prevailing ecological theories, the island's diversity should be much lower than it actually is. This book describes Guana's flora and fauna against the backdrop of islands worldwide and their ecology, evolution, and conservation. Much more than a book about one island, it raises important challeng ... More

Keywords: Guana, British Virgin Islands, ecology, evolution, conservation, island biogeography, biodiversity, ecosystem

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780520243521
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520243521.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Lazell, author