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Plants and Animals of Florida and the Caribbean
Florida and all the other areas in and around the Caribbean are subtropical and tropical wonderlands, filled with fascinating and beautiful plants and animals. It is wise to remember, however, that a few of them are best avoided since contact or consumption can be dangerous with consequences ranging from mere annoyance to the possibility of death. By identifying such organisms, this book makes life safer for those who encounter the exuberant diversity of nature in the American tropics.
In Part One each poisonous plant and animal is richly illustrated and described in an informative and nontechnical manner. Part Two provides in-depth information for scientists and medical personnel or anyone else interested in the details of the toxins, symptoms, and treatments presently recorded in the scientific literature. Part Two also covers the beneficial uses and folklore associated with these organisms.
"With sufficient depth to attract the specialist and the breadth to capture the attention of generalists, this book will be useful to a wide variety of readers." Lloyd Davis, Agricultural Research Specialist, United States Department of Agriculture
David Nellis has lived in the Virgin Islands for thirty years and has studied many of the plants and animals found in the tropical ecosystems of Florida and the islands of the Caribbean. He is a regular SCUBA diver and has completed over two thousand dives in the warm waters of the American tropics. His other books published by Pineapple Press include A Natural History Atlas to the Cays of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Seashore Plants of South Florida and the Caribbean.
Hardcover $29.95 ISBN 1-56164-111-1
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