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The Butterflies of Cabo Verde: A fauna incompletely known. A field guide-plus

by Payne, M.

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  • Catalogue No : 36765
  • Published : 2020
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 310

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This book is the first ever written on the butterflies of Cabo Verde (The Cape Verde islands), and forms one of a quartet of world 'firsts' on the butterflies of the four Atlantic Ocean volcanic island archipelagos that together comprise the biogeographical province of Maracronesia. Each of the 37 species known from this tropical island group lying to the west of Senegal (and included in the European series from World Natural History Publications by virtue of its inclusion within Macaronesia) is examined thoroughly and in many instances in great scientific depth. The one endemic species identified to date is a particular focus of attention, with the book suggesting that others may remain to be found given the low level of study that has characterised this remote island chain - even as it is becoming a very popular winter sun holiday destination for European tourists as well as a relatively new venue for wildlife and nature-photography vacations.

Issues analysed in this ground-breaking book for the Cabo Verdean butterfly species include colonisation, distribution, population characteristics, behaviour, phenology, voltinism, host-plant preferences, pre-imaginal stages, ecology, habitats,relationships with ants, colour patterning, mimicry, phenotypic plasticity, extinction debt, the impact of centuries of severe modification of the fragile environment and biotopes of the archipelago by colonial settlers, the role of Ghost Islands in colonisation patterns, migration, parasitism, altitudinal ranges, likely future arrivals to the islands, and much more. Hundreds of photographs and approximately forty maps as well as numerous tables and diagrams accompany the detailed painstaking presentation within the text of the butterfly species of this island chain.

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