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The Kingdom of Rarities

Dinerstein, Eric (Book - 2013)
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Poses the question: What if the way we categorized the living world were reshuffled for a moment, from a system designed to inform us about evolutionary relationships among species, to one with two camps based on abundance (the Kingdom of Common species and the Kingdom of Rarities)? What new observations and connections would emerge?
Authors: Dinerstein, Eric, 1952-
Title: The kingdom of rarities
Publisher: Washington, DC : Island Press, c2013
Characteristics: xiii, 295 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Eric Dinerstein
Contents: The uncommon menagerie
The gift of isolation
A jaguar on the beach
The firebird suite
There in the elephant grass
Scent of an anteater
Invasion and resistance
Ghosts of Indochina
Rarity made common
Summary: Poses the question: What if the way we categorized the living world were reshuffled for a moment, from a system designed to inform us about evolutionary relationships among species, to one with two camps based on abundance (the Kingdom of Common species and the Kingdom of Rarities)? What new observations and connections would emerge?
ISBN: 1610911962
9781610911962
1610911954
9781610911955
Branch Call Number: 596 D5837k 2013
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 271-282) and index
Subject Headings: Biodiversity conservation Rare vertebrates
Topical Term: Biodiversity conservation
Rare vertebrates
LCCN: 2012025535
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How can a jaguar be both rare AND South America's most powerful predator?


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May 06, 2014
  • sess430 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The author, distinguished scientist at the World Wildlife Fund, describes many research expeditions to WWF's priority places (biodiverse hotspots) in Asia, South America, Africa and North America. He details what constitutes rarity and what causes it with examples of many wondrous creatures. He also makes a convincing case for the need for conservation of these beautiful, unique places and what we can do to help.

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