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  • Field Guide to Fynbos Fauna

    Concise, all-in-one guide to the mammals, birds, reptiles and frogs of the Fynbos Biome, featuring over 400 species

    South Africa’s Fynbos Biome, which spans the country’s Western and Eastern Cape provinces, is one of the richest floras in the world. In addition to its spectacular botanical diversity, the region is also famous for its remarkable variety of fauna, with some species occurring nowhere else – from the tiny Micro Frog to the brightly coloured Orange-breasted Sunbird and the large, strikingly marked Bontebok.

    The first of its kind, this concise field guide covers more than 400 species in four animal groups: mammals, birds, reptiles and frogs. The species accounts include key identification features and are paired with full-colour photographs and distribution maps. This guide encompasses popular tourist destinations such as the Cape Peninsula, the Kogelberg, the Cederberg, the Agulhas Plain, the West Coast and Baviaanskloof.

  • Newman’s Birds By Colour Southern Africa

    The name Ken Newman is synonymous with birds and birding, and Newman’s Birds by Colour remains a favourite among both younger birders and those starting out in the field. Bold colour sections group the more commonly seen birds by the dominant colour of their plumage and other distinctive features, offering users a quick and easy way to identify them.

    A comprehensive introduction to birds and birding includes such topics as bird classification, anatomy, flight, migration, feeding and nesting. There are helpful sections offering information on what you need to go birding, and where and when to look for birds. This third edition has been updated with the latest name changes as reflected in the commemorative edition of Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa.

  • Complete Guide Snakes of Southern Africa

    This detailed and comprehensive guide to the 151 snakes indigenous to southern Africa covers all essential aspects of snake biology and behaviour. Now in its second edition, A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa has been updated, revised and expanded to include at least 11 newly discovered and 30 re-classified species and sub-species. New information based on international scientific research has been included in the species accounts relating to behaviour, identification, reproduction and snake venoms.

    Features of this new edition are: Species descriptions are now accompanied by full-colour photographs; Simple icons make essential information available at a glance; Separate ‘look out for’ box assists in quickly identifying species in the field; Chapters on classification and identification, keeping snakes, and the prevention and treatment of snakebite supplement the species accounts.

    This readable and user-friendly guide will be invaluable to herpetologists, snake collectors, hikers, gardeners, campers and householders, or anyone who may encounter or want to know more about these fascinating and widely misunderstood reptiles.

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  • Field Guide to the Spiders of Southern Africa

    Thoroughly revised and updated, this long-awaited new edition of Field Guide to the Spiders of South Africa remains the most comprehensive guide to South African spiders published to date. It features over 780 of the more common spider species encountered in the field and in homes and gardens, as well as representative species from some of the rarer spider families.

    – ‘Quick Keys’ to the 72 South African spider families provide a useful starting point to identification.
    – Succinct genus and species accounts cover identifying characteristics, breeding, behaviour, distribution and conservation status.
    – Colour photographs and/or illustrations as well as distribution maps support each entry.
    – Introductory chapter discusses spider morphology, spider life cycle, the functions of silk, as well as spider collection techniques.
    – Section on venom identifies species that pose a danger to humans, unpacks neurotoxic and cytotoxic venom, and details the symptoms and treatment of spider bites.

  • Field Guide to Scorpions of Southern Africa

    An authoritative antidote to the myths surrounding these often maligned and misunderstood creatures.

    Among the world’s most fascinating living fossils, scorpions have been around for some 420 million years. South Africa is home to an astonishing variety, with 108 species in three families occurring in most of the region’s biomes, from desert and grassland to fynbos, savanna and forest. Scorpions are even found in urban gardens.

    Field Guide to Scorpions of South Africa is the first comprehensive guide to describe and illustrate all known species in the country. The clear, detailed species accounts cover appearance, habitat and behaviour, and discuss the variation within species according to region. Up-to-date distribution maps are included for all species and exceptional photographs, carefully worked to show astounding detail and vivid colours, bring to life the intricate patterning and colours of different species. Both males and females are presented, as well as a variety of colour forms, facilitating accurate identification in the field.

    The introduction discusses scorpion classification, anatomy, biology, behaviour and habitat, as well as venomosity and the treatment of stings. Tips on how and where to find scorpions and how to contribute to their conservation as a citizen scientist are also included.

    An invaluable tool for students, researchers, academics, hikers and anyone with an interest in South Africa’s rich and fascinating fauna.

  • Guide to Seabirds of Southern Africa (New Edition)

    This revised, updated and expanded edition of Guide to Seabirds of Southern Africa remains the only book to focus exclusively on the seabirds of southern Africa and includes nine new species for the region. This essential guide offers:

    – Authoritative text richly supported with photographs and distribution maps.
    – Clear ID pointers plus information on biology, behaviour and conservation status.
    – An expanded introduction covering seabird origins, moult, feeding, breeding, conservation, and how best to watch and photograph these iconic birds.
    – A bonus feature on flying fish and flying squid.

    An essential guide for birdwatchers and nature lovers who spend time at sea.

  • Saunders Field Guide to Gladioli of Southern Africa

    The genus Gladiolus has fascinated plant collectors, taxonomists and the general public for centuries. Known for their spectacular flowers, these highly adapted and specialised plants occur throughout Africa, Madagascar, Europe and the Middle East. South Africa is home to more than half of the world’s Gladiolus species and the Western Cape is the heart of species diversity. Saunders’ Field Guide to Gladioli of South Africa is the first of its kind to offer a complete photographic record of the 166 species that occur in the region. Posthumously completed, this book is the culmination of the Saunders’ long search to find and photograph every known species of Gladiolus in South Africa. It includes:

    – An introduction comprising a brief history of gladioli, information about the morphology and taxonomy of the genus, and guidelines for use in the field.

    – Detailed descriptions of the main floral parts of each species, along with information about ecology, pollinators, similar species and conservation status; field notes were written by Rachel Saunders.

    – Over 1,000 exquisite photographs taken in situ detailing morphology and habitat.

    – Up-to-date distribution maps indicating where species have been recorded.

    – A glossary of terms with illustrations unpacking difficult terminology.

  • The Larger Illustrated Guide to Birds of Southern Africa (5th)

    This larger edition is based on the updated and expanded fifth edition of Sasol Birds of Southern Africa, which has been brought fully up to date by its expert author panel, with additional contributions from two new birding experts. Greatly enhanced, this comprehensive, best-selling guide is sure to maintain its place as one of Africa’s most trusted field guides.

    Key features of the 5th revised edition:

    More than 800 new illustrations
    Scan and play bird calls using free downloadable app
    Fully revised text (with latest species records), maps and plate annotations
    Fresh input from new contributing authors
    The larger format allows for better appreciation and easier use of the plates.

  • Sasol Birds of Southern Africa PVC (5th)

    Now in its fifth edition, Sasol Birds of Southern Africa has been brought fully up to date by its expert author panel, with additional contributions from two new birding experts. Greatly enhanced, this comprehensive, best-selling guide is sure to maintain its place as one of Africa’s most trusted field guides.

    Key features of the 5th revised edition:

    More than 800 new illustrations
    Scan and play bird calls using free downloadable app
    Fully revised text (with latest species records), maps and plate annotations
    Fresh input from new contributing authors
    Comprehensive coverage of the region’s birds

  • 100 Trees to on See Safari – East Africa

    East Africa is a premier wildlife destination, well known for its mass migrations of herds and fearsome predators. But as iconic are the trees that grow there: among them mangroves, cycads, palms, marulas, acacias, sausage trees, fever trees, toothbrush trees and giant bamboos. This book showcases 100 of the region’s most visible and significant trees, arranged by the habitats in which they occur. It features:

    Concise descriptions of each tree and its parts, plus notes about the various uses of the tree parts
    Multiple images showing the full tree and key ID features, including flowers, leaves, fruit and bark
    Where to see the trees, including the national parks and nature reserves
    A brief introduction to the trees of the region and their vegetation zones

    Colourful, interesting and geared for quick tree identification, this handy guide will enhance any safari experience in East Africa.

  • Field Guide to Butterflies of Southern Africa

    Fully revised, the new edition of Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa features all of South Africa’s 671 butterfly species. This lavishly illustrated popular guide includes newly described species and subspecies, and the most recent taxonomic changes based on DNA studies.

    As in the first edition, the photography is exceptional and 70% of the images in the book are new. Images show male and female forms (where they differ) and upper- and undersides (where possible).

    The species accounts have been comprehensively updated and expanded, covering identification, habits, flight periods, broods, typical habitat, distribution and larval food sources. A helpful introductory section with over 100 images, including 55 early stages images, discusses butterfly biology, taxonomy, classification, anatomy and behaviour.

  • Field Guide to Frogs & other Amphibians of Africa

    815 species of amphibian have been described on the African continent – 788 frogs, 23 caecilians and four salamanders. Field Guide to the Frogs & other Amphibians of Africa is the first guide ever to cover all these species.

    The book features a brief introduction with tips for handling and identifying amphibians. A useful illustrated guide to each family group serves as a first step towards species ID. Species accounts describe physical features, distribution, habitat, biology, advertisement calls and conservation status, and are supported by colour photographs and up-to-date distribution maps.

    Field Guide to the Frogs & Other Amphibians of Africa will prove invaluable to nature lovers, tour guides, students and scientists.

  • Field Guide to Insects of Southern Africa (NE)

    This trusted best-seller has been comprehensively updated and expanded to feature accounts of over 1,500 species and insect groups. Included are the most common, most economically and ecologically important, interesting and attractive insects in the region.

    It features:

    vivid photographs
    easy-to-read text
    detailed accounts covering identifi cation, biology, distribution and related species
    a helpful introduction detailing the signifi cance, life history, collection and photography of insects, and
    quick reference guides on the inside covers to facilitate identifi cation.

    Entomologists both amateur and professional, students, gardeners, farmers, tourists and anyone with an interest in the natural world will appreciate this illuminating and invaluable guide.

  • Guide to Dragonflies & Damselflies Southern Africa (NE)

    In this fully revised edition of A Guide to Dragonflies & Damselflies of South Africa, all164 species known to occur in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland are described and illustrated, grouped according to family (six dragonfl y and six damselfl y families). The species entries feature scans of live insects (close-up and side-view images) and photographs of specimens in their natural environment and showing key behaviours. Detailed descriptions focus on size, identifying features and occurrence. An introductory chapter unpacks the life cycle, behaviour, biology and breeding of this fascinating group of insects. Presented in a classic field guide format, this revised edition now also features:

    Expanded annotations to all illustrations, highlighting diagnostic features to ensure accurate identifi cation
    New distribution maps
    Additional colour plates and photographs

    Beautifully presented, informative and authoritative, this book will appeal to anyone with an interest in South Africa’s insect life, and to nature lovers in general.

  • Field Guide to Tracks & Signs – East Africa NE

    Originally published in 1994, A Field Guide to Tracks and Signs of Southern and East African Wildlife quickly became the standard reference to the subject in the region, reprinting many times. This new edition provides the most detailed coverage of tracks, droppings, bird pellets, nests and shelters and feeding signs, not only for mammals, but also for birds, reptiles, insects and other invertebrates. Greatly expanded, this extensive update now features: full colour throughout.

  • Field Guide to Mushrooms & other Fungi of SA

    Neither plant nor animal, mushrooms constitute a unique group of organisms. They appear in a staggering variety of shapes, sizes and colours, and identifying them can be difficult. This compact, beautifully illustrated guide is the perfect tool for identification in the field. It features 200 of the most distinctive and conspicuous mushrooms and other fungi found in South Africa. Each species is presented with a clear description and several full-colour photographs to aid quick and accurate identification. Notes on distribution, ecology, size, edibility, toxicity and other interesting facts complete the entries.

    A brief introduction outlines the basic anatomy and biology of mushrooms and the vital role they play in sustaining all life. There are also guidelines to foraging and to photographing mushrooms, and a small selection of simple but delicious mushroom recipes.

    Packed with more than 850 photographs, this is both a practical guide and a beautiful book that will inspire nature lovers, foragers, epicureans and anyone curious about these extraordinary life forms.

  • Wild Flowers: Kenya & North Tanzania

    A compact guide featuring nearly 400 wild flowers of Kenya and northern Tanzania, grouped for ease of use according to colour. The book includes the most widespread and commonly encountered species as well as some unusual flowers found in more remote areas.

    Plants range from hardy succulents to spectacular epiphytic orchids and shaggy mountain lobelias, each concisely presented with reference to key features and typical habitat. Additional notes indicate whether a given species has particular ecological, medicinal or cultural value.

  • Field Guide to Trees & Shrubs of East Africa

    Fully updated and expanded, this third edition of the top-selling Field Guide to Common Trees & Shrubs of East Africa now features more than 520 of the trees and shrubs – indigenous and naturalized exotics – commonly found in the region.

    Each of the four sections – trees, shrubs, palms and mangroves – is arranged in alphabetical order according to scientific name. The book features:

    An informative introduction to families.
    Species accounts describing the plants’ habitat, bark, leaves, fl owers and fruit.
    General and commercial applications and uses in traditional medicine.
    Almost 2,000 photographs depicting the species, its fruit, fl owers and bark.
    Glossaries, both textual and illustrated, of botanical and medical terms.

  • Scorpions of Southern Africa (NE)

    Scorpions of Southern Africa, the go-to guide for identifying southern Africa’s rich scorpion fauna, has now been freshly designed, updated and expanded. It includes 12 additional species, new images and distribution maps, and a chapter on how to go about identifying scorpions.

    An invaluable guide for the amateur naturalist and professional alike, this accessible book describes:

    scorpion anatomy and behaviour
    the strategies that enable scorpions to survive harsh conditions
    their use of venom, and
    other aspects of their successful existence over millions of years.

  • Field Guide to Wild Flowers of Southern Africa

    This fully updated edition of Field Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa covers more than 1,100 species of ora, focusing on the most common, conspicuous and ‘showy’ plants around the region. An informative introduction discusses plant diversity, vegetation types, and includes a key to identifying plant groups. e species descriptions follow and each is accompanied by:
    • a vivid photograph
    • a distribution map showing range, and
    • an indication of the plant’s owering season.
    is invaluable, up-to-date guide provides the tools and information
    needed to identify owering plants across South Africa.