flexibound paperback, 312 p., $25
With the rise in ecotourism, it is not surprising that there has been a demand for a quick, visual, portable guide to tropical fauna and flora. Lambertini's excellent manual fits the bill with 57 color photos, 11 color plates and plenty of halftones to supplement a well-written text. It is aimed at the reader interested in wading in the Okavango Delta (one of the plates in the book illustrates the author in this famous Delta), diving along the Great Barrier Reef or hiking in the Selous Reserve. Twelve chapters describe coral reefs, savannas, deserts, mangroves and forests equally well, with just the right amount of detail to keep you returning to this informative book, both in the field and armchair. Interested in the kelip-kelip's signals? Curious about territorial Abudefduf? You'll find answers in this amazing guide to the life of the tropics.
— Edward J. Valauskas, Manager, Library and Plant Information, School of the Chicago Botanic Garden.