Butterflies, Moths, and Other Invertebrates of Costa Rica: A by Carrol L. Henderson

By Carrol L. Henderson

At the organic crossroads of the Americas, Costa Rica hosts an magnificent array of crops and animals—over part 1000000 species! Ecotourists, birders, and biologists come from all over the world, drawn through the chance of seeing greater than 3 or 400 species of birds and different animals in the course of even a quick remain. to assist these types of viewers, in addition to neighborhood citizens, establish and revel in the flora and fauna of Costa Rica, Carrol Henderson released Field consultant to the natural world of Costa Rica in 2002, and it immediately turned the quintessential guide.

Now Henderson has created a devoted box advisor to multiple hundred tropical butterflies, moths, and different invertebrates that tourists are probably to determine whereas exploring the wild lands of Costa Rica. He comprises attention-grabbing info on their typical historical past, ecology, id, and behaviour gleaned from his 40 years of travels and flora and fauna viewing, in addition to info on the place to work out those notable and gorgeous creatures. The butterflies, moths, and different invertebrates are illustrated via over one hundred eighty attractive and colourful photographs—most of which have been taken within the wild by means of Henderson. a close and important appendix that identifies a lot of Costa Rica's most sensible wildlife-watching locations, hotels, and get in touch with info for trip-planning reasons completes the volume.

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The Caribbean lowland fauna extends from the Río Frio and Los Chiles area southeastward to Cahuita and the Panama border. For the purposes of this book, the region extends from sea level to the upper limit of the tropical zone at about 2,000 feet elevation. The premontane forest, at least up to about 3,200 feet, also contains many lowland species. This region receives 80 to 200 inches of rainfall annually. The trees grow to a height of over 150 feet. This is an evergreen forest that receives precipitation throughout the year and does not have a pronounced dry season like the moist and wet forests of the southern Pacific lowlands.

Costa Rica has three zones of endemism, in which unique species and subspecies are found. These zones occur because geographic barriers created by mountains, arid zones, or oceans have isolated a particular population from the rest of its species, and eventually they evolve into separate species through natural selection. Endemic Wildlife of the Highlands The mountain ranges and volcanoes of Costa Rica and western Panama include only about 160 species of birds out of the 882 species present in the country.

Plants of the understory and forest edge include passionflower (Passiflora), Hamelia, Heliconia, palms, Costus, and Canna. Caribbean lowland wet forest, Tortuguero National Park. Much of this region has been cleared and settled for production of cattle and bananas. Remaining forest reserves include Tortuguero and Cahuita NPs, Gandoca-Manzanillo NWR, Hitoy-Cerere BR, lower elevations of La Amistad and Braulio Carrillo NPs, and Caño Negro NWR. Tortuguero NP is one of the most extensive reserves and one of the best remaining examples of rainforest in Central America.

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