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xii, 467 pages ; 22 cm
Birders in Central America have long known that Nicaragua is one of the best birding locations in the world, and with tourism to the country on the upswing, birders from the rest of the world are now coming to the same conclusion. The largest country in Central America, Nicaragua is home to 763 resident and passage birds, by latest count. Because of its unique topography-the country is relatively flat compared to its mountainous neighbors to the north and south-it forms a geographical barrier of sorts, which means that many birds that originate in North America reach their southernmost point in Nicaragua, while many birds from South America reach their northernmost point in the country. There are few places in the world where you can find both a Roadrunner and a Scarlet Macaw. Birds of Nicaragua features descriptions and illustrations of all 763 species currently identified in the country, along with information about 44 additional species that are likely to appear in the coming years. Range maps, based on years of field research, are color-coded. Other features include a richly illustrated anatomical features section, a checklist, a visual guide to vultures and raptors in flight, and a quick-find index.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781501701580 20180530
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xii, 400 pages ; 27 cm.
  • Overview of the Guide. Non-passerine land birds. Passerines, the Suboscines. Passerines, the Oscines.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781498716116 20171204
Molt is an important avian life history event in which feathers are shed and replaced. The timing, duration, seasonality, extent and pattern of molt follows certain strategies and this book reviews and describes these strategies for nearly 190 species based on information gathered from a 30-year study of Central Amazonian birds. Most species accounts are illustrated with several color photos focusing on wing and tail feather molt, molt limits, and how to use these patterns to accurately age birds. The book will be a rich source of life history information for ornithologists working on tropical birds.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781498716116 20171204
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x, 246 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
  • Wood warblers of Eastern North America: a life list
  • Introduction
  • Birds of spring
  • The Texas Gulf Coast: first landfall
  • The coastal oak woods of Texas and Louisiana: migrant magnets
  • The low country of Louisiana and Mississippi
  • Piney woods and cypress swamps
  • From the confluence to the headwaters
  • The mysterious northlands
  • Great Lakes country
  • Adirondack spring
  • Epilogue.
Travels with the Songbird Migration of Spring.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781588346131 20180430
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152 pages ; 19 cm.
Part of the satisfaction of watching birds is being able to name what you see. Yet, open a field guide, and there are hundreds of species to choose from, some with different appearances for males, females, immature birds, and even seasonal variation. It can be overwhelming. Where to start? The good news is that most people already know more than they realize about birds, and this can greatly simplify the identification process. These twelve steps start with the basics - such as location, habitat, and season - and then build logically into a manageable framework that can help anyone to identify and appreciate birds. For those new to bird watching, the book will help them understand the fundamentals of observation and the identification process. For more experienced birders, it helps them step back from years in the field and refresh their thoughts on how to watch and identify birds. Written in a helpful, conversational style, and illustrated with more than 85 colour photographs, this book outlines a pathway to enable anyone to get into, or get more out of, the world of watching, identifying, and enjoying birds.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781328662064 20180423
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xv, 302 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 23 cm
"Raptors are an unusual success story of wildness thriving in the heart of our cities--they have developed substantial populations around the world in recent decades. But there are deeper issues around how these birds make their urban homes. New research provides insight into the role of raptors as vital members of the urban ecosystem and future opportunities for protection, management, and environmental education"--Amazon.com.
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x, 566 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 25 cm
  • Foreword V Alphabetical quick reference to bird groups VI Acknowledgements IX Constructing the guide 1 Identifying birds 8 Birding in Australia 17 A guide for birders to the evolution and classification of Australian birds 23 Key to abbreviations and symbols 30 Species accounts 32 Checklist of species 532 Glossary 546 Index 549.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691173016 20170703
A new in-depth field guide to Australian birds The Australian avifauna is large, diverse, and spectacular, reflecting the continent's impressive habitats and evolutionary history. Looking at more than 900 species, The Australian Bird Guide is the most comprehensive field guide on Australian birds available, and contains by far the best coverage of southern seabirds. With 249 color plates containing 4,000 stunning images, this book offers a far more in-depth treatment of subspecies, rarities, and overall plumage variation than comparative guides. The artwork meets the highest standards, and the text is rigorously accurate and current in terms of identification details, distribution, and status. The Australian Bird Guide sets a new bar for coverage of Australia's remarkable avifauna and is indispensable to all birders and naturalists interested in this area of the world, including the southern oceans. * Brand-new guide with an attractive look and design*249 color plates containing 4,000 superb images by some of the most talented illustrators working in Australia today* Every bird species in Australia is covered (more than 900), including subspecies and rarities* Up-to-date maps reflect the latest information on distribution* Accurate and detailed text.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691173016 20170703
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xii, 365 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm.
  • 1 Some thoughts on experimental design / Claudio D. Stern
  • 2 Comparative genomics as a foundation for evo-devo studies in birds / Phil Grayson, Simon Y.W. Sin, Timothy B. Sackton, and Scott V. Edwards
  • 3 A step-by-step guide to assemble a reptilian genome / Asier Ullate-Agote, Yingguang Frank Chan, and Athanasia C. Tzika
  • 4 Genomic and transcriptomic analyses of avian sex chromosomes and sex-linked genes / Jilin Zhang, Jing Li, and Qi Zhou
  • 5 Systems biology analyses in chicken : workflow for transcriptome and ChIP-seq analyses using the chicken skin paradigm / Yung-Chih Lai, Randall B. Widelitz, and Cheng-Ming Chuong
  • 6 Application of a CAGE method to an avian development study / Ruslan Deviatiiarov, Marina Lizio, and Oleg Gusev
  • 7 CRISPR/Cas9 in the chicken embryo / Valérie Morin, Nadège Véron, and Christophe Marcelle
  • 8 Fluorescent quail : a transgenic model system for the dynamic study of avian development / David Huss and Rusty Lansford
  • 9 Lentiviral-mediated transgenesis in songbirds / Wan-chun Liu, Marian Hruska-Plochan, and Atsushi Miyanohara
  • 10 In ovo electroporation methods in chick embryos / Hidekiyo Harada, Minoru Omi, and Harukazu Nakamura
  • 11 Genetic manipulation of the avian urogenital system using in ovo electroporation / Claire E. Hirst, Olivier Serralbo, Katie L. Ayers, Kelly N. Roeszler, and Craig A. Smith
  • 12 Enhancer analyses using chicken embryo electroporation / Masanori Uchikawa, Naoko Nishimura, Makiko Iwafuchi-Doi, and Hisato Kondoh
  • 13 Transgene introduction into the chick limb bud by electroporation / Shogo Ueda, Takayuki Suzuki, and Mikiko Tanaka
  • 14 Chicken induced pluripotent stem cells : establishment and characterization / Aurelie Fuet and Bertrand Pain
  • 15 Isolation and characterization of chicken primordial germ cells and their application in transgenesis / Jae Yong Han and Bo Ram Lee
  • 16 Handling of gametes for in vitro insemination in birds / Shusei Mizushima, Mei Matsuzaki, and Tomohiro Sasanami
  • 17 In vitro and ex ovo culture of reptilian and avian neural progenitor cells / Wataru Yamashita, Toyo Shimizu, and Tadashi Nomura
  • 18 Lifting the veil on reptile embryology : the veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) as a model system to study reptilian development / Raul E. Diaz Jr., Federica Bertocchini, and Paul A. Trainor
  • 19 Model clades versus model species : Anolis lizards as an integrative model of anatomical evolution / Thomas J. Sanger and Bonnie K. Kircher
  • 20 The feather model for chemo- and radiation therapy-induced tissue damage / Zhicao Yue and Benhua Xu
  • 21 An early chick embryo culture device for extended continuous observation / Hans-Georg Sydow, Tobias Pieper, Christoph Viebahn, and Nikoloz Tsikolia
  • 22 A sensitive and versatile in situ hybridization protocol for gene expression analysis in developing amniote brains / Pei-Shan Hou, Takuma Kumamoto, and Carina Hanashima
  • 23 Somitogenesis and axial development in reptiles / Cindy Xu, Mariana B. Grizante, and Kenro Kusumi
  • 24 MicroCT imaging on living alligator teeth reveals natural tooth cycling / Randall B. Widelitz, Alaa Abdelhamid, M. Khalil Khan, Amr Elkarargy, Cheng-Ming Chuong, and Ping Wu.
This volume discusses recent advances in avian and reptilian biology that have caused this diverse field to re-emerge. The chapters in this book are divided into 4 parts: genomics and transcriptomics, genetic manipulation, stem cells, and new model systems. Part I details how to perform genomic and transcriptomic analyses in birds and reptiles; Part II highlights technological advancements in avian genetic manipulation; Part III focuses on methods to handle pluripotent cells; and part IV looks at the emerging models in avian and reptilian developmental biology. Written in the highly successful Methods in Molecular Biology series format, chapters include introductions to their respective topics, lists of the necessary materials and reagents, step-by-step, readily reproducible laboratory protocols, and tips on troubleshooting and avoiding known pitfalls.Cutting-edge and comprehensive, Avian and Reptilian Developmental Biology: Methods and Protocols explores a variety of approaches and different sauropsid models that will help facilitate communication and collaboration among researchers, which in turn will progress this field forward.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781493972159 20171121
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xi, 211 pages : maps, color illustrations ; 22 cm
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xiv, 474 pages ; 22 cm
"A site guide and field guide to the birds of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao. Site guide includes maps, directions, photos, and birds likely to be found. Field guide includes illustrations and describes plumage, similar species, vocalizations, status, and range"-- Provided by publisher.
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443 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 19 cm
  • Introduction 6 Species descriptions 12 Swans 12 Geese 14 Shelducks 21 Dabbling ducks 22 Whistling ducks 28 Diving ducks 28 Sea ducks 34 Stifftails 41 Vagrant and exotic ducks 42 Gamebirds 45 Divers (Loons) 55 Grebes 58 Shearwaters and petrels 61 Storm-petrels 66 Rare petrels and albatrosses 67 Frigatebirds 75 Tropicbirds 76 Gannets and boobies 77 Pelicans 80 Cormorants 81 Herons, bitterns and egrets 83 Storks 93 Spoonbills and ibises 94 Spoonbills and storks 96 Flamingos 97 Honey-buzzards 99 Buzzards 101 Snake eagles 105 Kites 106 Vultures 108 Harriers 113 Eagles 117 Osprey and Black-shouldered Kite 126 Accipiters 127 Falcons 129 Rails, crakes and gallinules 137 Cranes 143 Bustards 145 Oystercatcher and Turnstone 148 Stilts and avocets 149 Stone-curlews and coursers 150 Pratincoles 151 Plovers and lapwings 153 Sandpipers 162 Woodcocks and snipes 173 Dowitchers and Upland Sandpiper 176 Godwits 177 Curlews 178 Larger sandpipers 180 Phalaropes 185 Skuas (Jaegers) 187 Gulls 190 Terns 211 Auks 222 Sandgrouse 227 Pigeons and doves 229 Parakeets 234 Cuckoos 235 Owls 238 Nightjars 246 Swifts 248 Contents Kingfishers 251 Rollers 253 Bee-eaters 254 Hoopoe 255 Woodpeckers 256 Larks 262 Swallows and martins 269 Pipits 274 Wagtails 279 Accentors 284 Wren and Dipper 286 Robins and chats 287 Redstarts 291 Stonechats 295 Wheatears 298 Rock thrushes 303 Thrushes 304 Bush warblers and cisticolas 311 Grasshopper warblers 312 Reed warblers 315 Tree warblers 320 Sylvia warblers 324 Leaf warblers 333 Crests 341 Old World flycatchers 343 Tyrant flycatchers 348 Penduline tit and leiothrix 350 Reedling and parrotbill 351 Long-tailed tit 352 Tits 353 Nuthatches 358 Treecreepers 360 Wallcreeper and Golden Oriole 361 Shrikes 362 Crows and jays 370 Starlings 377 Waxwings 379 Bulbuls and mynas 381 Sparrows 382 Introduced exotic finches 386 Finches 389 Buntings 404 Vagrant Nearctic passerines 417 New World warblers 433 Index 434 Photographic credits 444.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691172439 20170515
The first comprehensive field guide to every bird species in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East Birds of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East is the first comprehensive pocket-sized photographic field guide to every bird species in Europe--this includes winter visitors and common migrants but also all rarities to the region, even if they have been recorded only once. The guide also covers hypothetical species--those that have a good chance of being recorded due to such factors as range expansion and changing weather patterns. The book's 2,200 stunning color photographs mean that every species is pictured, making field identification quick and easy. Succinct text covers key identification features, voice, habitat, and distribution, and distribution maps are provided for regular breeding species. Particular attention and details are given to help differentiate similar-looking species. Lavishly illustrated, up-to-date, and wide-ranging, Birds of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East is an essential field guide for every naturalist and birder. * First comprehensive field guide to all species recorded in Europe: resident, winter visitor, common migrant, and rarity*860 species covered using 2,200 photographs* Includes every species from North Africa and the Middle East to have occurred in Europe.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691172439 20170515
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432 pages ; 20 cm.
This comprehensive new field guide is an excellent addition to the world-renowned series - the ultimate reference book for travelling birdwatchers. Every species of bird you might encounter in the region is featured, apart from non-established introductions. This includes coverage of China (south of the line used to define the Palearctic), Hainan (treated separately from SE China), Taiwan, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and the Coco Islands. As many of the major subspecies as possible are also included. Beautiful artwork depicts their breeding plumage, and non-breeding plumage when it differs significantly. The accompanying text concentrates on the specific characteristics and appearance of each species that allow identification in the field, including voice and distribution maps.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780007429547 20170925
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12. Birds of Venezuela [2017]

592 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 22 cm.
Covering the sixth largest avifauna in the world, this important new guide is essential for anyone exploring the diverse habitats of this beautiful South American country as well as Guyana, northern Brazil and west Suriname. Birds of Venezuela - complete with authoritative text and superb colour plates - will ensure that this top birding destination is made accessible to all. This field guide has 248 colour plates illustrating more than 1,400 species, covering racial, sexual and seasonal plumage variations. Accompanying text is placed on facing pages for easy reference providing key information, voice and status of all species and subspecies found in the region, including Venezuela's 45 endemic species. Detailed colour distribution maps are provided for every species.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781408105351 20170327
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x, 155 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
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14. Farming and birds [2017]

xi, 628 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Given the underlying topography, the scenery over most of Britain has been created largely by human activities. Over the centuries, landscapes have been continually modified as human needs and desires have changed. Each major change in land use has brought changes to the native plants and animals, continually altering the distribution and abundance of species. This is apparent from the changes in vegetation and animal populations that were documented in historical times, but even more so in those that have occurred since the Second World War. More than seventy per cent of Britain's land surface is currently used for crop or livestock production, and in recent decades farming has experienced a major revolution. Not only has it become more thoroughly mechanised, it has also become heavily dependent on synthetic fertilisers and pesticides, and increasingly large-scale in its operation. These changes have brought crop yields and livestock production to levels previously considered unattainable. However, such high yields have been achieved only at huge financial and environmental costs. One of the most conspicuous, and best documented, consequences of modern agriculture has been a massive loss of wildlife, including birds. In this timely addition to the New Naturalist Library, Ian Newton discusses the changes that have occurred in British agriculture over the past seventy years, and the effects they have had on bird populations. He explains how different farming procedures have affected birds and other wildlife, and how an understanding of the processes involved could help in future conservation.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780008147907 20171030
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xiv, 195 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • The resurrection of the Lord God Bird
  • The death list
  • The hermit and the hawk
  • The continuing saga of the resurrection of the Lord God Bird
  • The life list
  • The professor and the pigeon
  • The stunning conclusion of the continuing saga of the resurrection of the Lord God Bird
  • The Christmas count
  • The ghost of the goshawk.
After stumbling upon a book of photographs depicting extinct animals, B.J. Hollars became fascinated by the creatures that are no longer with us; specifically, extinct North American birds. How, he wondered, could we preserve so beautifully on film what we've failed to preserve in life? And so begins his yearlong journey to find out, one that leads him from bogs to art museums, from archives to Christmas Counts, until he at last comes as close to extinct birds as he ever will during a behind-the-scenes visit at the Chicago Field Museum. Heartbroken by the birds we've lost, Hollars takes refuge in those that remain. Armed with binoculars, a field guide, and knowledgeable friends, he begins his transition from budding birder to environmentally conscious citizen, a first step on a longer journey toward understanding the true tragedy of a bird's song silenced forever. Told with charm and wit, Flock Together is a remarkable memoir that shows how "knowing" the natural world-even just a small part-illuminates what it means to be a global citizen and how only by embracing our ecological responsibilities do we ever become fully human. A moving elegy to birds we've lost, Hollars's exploration of what we can learn from extinct species will resonate in the minds of readers long beyond the final page.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780803296428 20170213
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x, 85 pages : chiefly color illustrations, portraits ; 31 x 26 cm
  • The vignettes and paintings
  • The benefactors
  • The Sutton watercolor paintings for Georgia Birds/ Robert L. Crawford
  • About the color plates/George M. Sutton, from Georgia Birds, 1958
  • The paintings
"George M. Sutton (1898-1982), an esteemed ornithologist, was also one of the preeminent bird artists of the Twentieth Century. He was asked by his friend Thomas D. Burleigh, who worked on his manuscript for Georgia Birds during the 1940s and '50s, to provide the illustrations. Sutton painted a series of individual portraits of a select group of Georgia birds shown in their natural habitats. Sutton arranged to spend the spring and summer of 1952 with his friend Herbert L. Stoddard at Stoddard's Sherwood Plantation in southern Grady County. They made a field trip to the Georgia coast near Savannah and Brunswick to study shore birds. Otherwise Sutton sought, studied, and painted birds in Stoddard's backyard. Sutton described his experiences with Stoddard and his Meridian Road neighbors in an affectionate essay in the front matter of Georgia Birds, and in charming one-paragraph vignettes for each painting. Sutton gave the original Georgia Birds' watercolors to Stoddard, whose son later donated them to Tall Timbers; they are part of the Stoddard Collection. Burleigh's Georgia Birds was published in 1958. Sutton was disappointed in the reproduction of the color plates in the book as a result of the engraving process used. Robert L. Crawford and Rosalie Rodriguez have collaborated on a new book, George M. Sutton's Watercolors for Georgia Birds: A New Look, which features the paintings beautifully reproduced and Sutton's original essay and vignettes-Publisher website.
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448 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 21 cm.
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171 pages ; 16 cm
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591 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 21 cm
Presents a guidebook which provides identification tips, information on behavior and nesting, locator and range maps, and plumage and species classification data on over one thousand species of birds found in North America.
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xiii, 193 pages ; 24 cm
  • Chapter 1: IntroductionChapter 2: Characterizing the Niche 2.1 A Problem of Incompatible Dimensions 2.2 Handling the Dimensionality Problem 2.3 Trophic EquivalenceChapter 3: Hole in Niche Space 3.1 The Mathematical Structure of Holes 3.2 Homology of Real Food Webs 3.3 Robustness: Do Holes Appear Across Variable Thresholds?Chapter 4: Intervality: Tip of an Iceberg 4.1 Necessary and Sufficient Conditions for Intervality 4.2 Rigid Circuits: A Robust Property of Real Communities 4.3 Holes, Rigidity, and Intervality 4.4 Assembly Rules Implied by the Rigid Circuit Property in GR(C-- lambda) 4.5 Assembly and Holes in KC (R-- lambda-1) 4.6 Assembly and IntervalityChapter 5: Hierarchical Organization in the Niche 5.1 Structural Hierarchy 5.2 Hierarchy in Real Communities 5.3 Functional hierarchyChapter 6: Dynamic Linkages and Topological Patterns 6.1 Triangulation and Stability: A Simple Example 6.2 Triangulation and Stability: Dynamic Selection 6.3 Hierarchy and StabilityChapter 7: Hierarchies of Abundance 7.1 The Niche Hierarchy Model 7.2 Supporting Evidence for Niche Hierarchy 7.3 Related Results.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781604271287 20171002
This book is the 1982 Thesis of Dr. George Sugihara and represents an early attempt to produce a unifying theoretical synthesis to tie together four disparate areas of ecology: 1) the topological structure of food webs, 2) ecosystem dynamics, 3) ecosystem/food web assembly, and 4) universal patterns of species abundance. The work is based on the premise that deep general principles are likely to be associated with general widely observed empirical regularities, and is organized around uncovering and explaining such patterns for each of the four research areas, and then showing how they are interrelated. The work has historic interest as a pioneering attempt at unification, and remains ambitious and current in its findings and overall scope. This is the first rigorous application of algebraic topology and one of the earliest applications of graph theory to ecology. Professionals interested in food web dynamics and their relation to niche function, structure and hierarchy, in natural systems, will find this a valuable resource. Key Features* Contains one of the earliest food web data atlases.* Shows the development of several novel data-transformation models (transformations of empirical food web matrices) based on graph theory and algebraic topology* Includes Sugihara's "Resource Graph", the "Consumer Overlap Graph" and the "Simplicial Complex" model of the niche.* Finds that the simplicial complexes of real niche spaces do not have holes but are densely packed.* Finds that chordality (triangulation) is a ubiquitous topological feature of food webs that can explain food web intervality (1-dimensional niche structure) and food web assembly.* Demonstrates the first, and only, empirical ecological assembly rule mathematically deduced from data. The basic idea of conservative assembly with an underlying ordering of resources became the basis of current methods for generating model foodwebs.* Shows the relationship between chordality, lack of holes, and conservative food web assembly, and how these more fundamental properties explain the prevalence of intervality.* Relates the observed topological regularities and the assembly rule to higher dynamic stability in model ecosystems.* Shows how the specific topological features uncovered in food webs resonate with the niche hierarchy model of species abundance - a model with no free parameters that reproduces two universal empirical regularities in ecological species-relative-abundance data (the ubiquitous canonical lognormal species abundance distribution and the species area constant z=1/4) .
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781604271287 20171002
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