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The complete fauna of Iran

Author: Eskandar Firouz
Publisher: London ; New York : I.B. Tauris ; New York : Distributed in the USA by Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Iran is host to some of Asia's most diverse animal wildlife. Its lush Caspian coastline, arid central deserts, majestic mountains and fertile plains are the habitat for a vast range of creatures. Eskander Firouz's book is the most comprehensive work to date on the fauna of Iran. Indeed it is the only book to cover all of Iran's vertebrate fauna, comprising mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. With details  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eskandar Firouz
ISBN: 185043946X 9781850439462
OCLC Number: 57484234
Description: xiv, 322 pages : chiefly color illustrations, color maps ; 25 cm
Contents: The Ostans (provinces) of Iran --
Major drainage basins of Iran --
Topographic map of Iran --
A summary of zoological work in Iran --
Modern naturalists in Iran --
Iran's wildlife, past and present --
Large bags and records --
The decline of wildlife --
Conservation and protection --
Conferences and the Ramsar convention --
Diversity and rational utilization --
Irano-Soviet agreement --
Arid lands ecology --
Environmental changes and their impact --
The undoing of wetlands --
The Hur al-Azim wetland --
Iran's present network of reserves --
Map of the reserves of Iran --
Marine reserves --
The land --
Physical geography --
Climate --
Vegetation --
Zoogeography --
Faunal areas --
The fauna of Iran.
Responsibility: Eskandar Firouz.

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"Iran is host to some of Asia's most diverse animal wildlife. Its lush Caspian coastline, arid central deserts, majestic mountains and fertile plains are the habitat for a vast range of creatures. Eskander Firouz's book is the most comprehensive work to date on the fauna of Iran. Indeed it is the only book to cover all of Iran's vertebrate fauna, comprising mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. With details of a total of more than 1,000 species, it also summaries the history of zoological work previously undertaken in Iran - from Hamdollah Mostofi 660 years ago to investigations of the twentieth century." "The author also examines the rise of the conservation movement in Iran in the 1960s and 70s. These decades witnessed an increasing awareness of conservation issues and saw the establishment of national parks. Firouz looks at how far the Iranian government's stated policy objective of preserving biodiversity and arresting environmental degradation has been successful, since, in spite of these avowed goals, the last quarter century has seen further habitat destruction. The position of a number of species unique to Iran, such as the Asiatic cheetah, is critical. More than an invaluable source of scientific knowledge and a brief history of Iranian zoological study, Eskandar Firouz's new book warns of an environmental situation which is becoming increasingly imperilled." "This will be an essential reference work for all concerned with the vertebrate fauna of Asia and the Middle East."--Jacket.

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""This book is the logical starting point for any English-speaker interested in the fauna of Iran, whether an experienced scientist or an ecotraveller contemplating a visit to Iran.""--Steven C. Read more...

 
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