My birthday is coming up. So a good moment to look at some interesting gifts. I always want to expand my collection of wildlife books and field guides.
A good place to look for new books is the book store of Naturalis, the Dutch National Museum of Natural History in Leiden. They have a huge collection of books about nature in the broadest sense. From children's books to scientific distribution tables of Weevils in Northern Europe and Orioles in Southern Africa.
My reference material for non-mammals of Madagascar is quite limited. So this book will be a welcome addition. A still have a bunch of photos of reptiles and amphibians in Madagascar I have to organize and classify. I know, recently new species have been discovered in Madagascar and some spectacular ones too. They won't be covered by this book. But what are the odd I photographed an only recently described species? New species are burying discovered in Madagascar each year, that will continue until the destruction of habitats takes the overhand...
What book am I talking about? This one:
Amazon.com: Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar (9783929449037): Frank Glaw, Miguel Vences: Books
And remember: birthday coming up! :-)