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Galapagos Giant Tortoises. Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes

  • ID: 5029522
  • Book
  • November 2020
  • Region: Global
  • 286 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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Galapagos Giant Tortoises brings together researchers and conservationists to share the most current knowledge of the Galapagos giant tortoise species. Despite being icons of the world-famous Galapagos Archipelago and the target of more than 50 years of conservation management, Galapagos giant tortoise evolution and ecology remained mysterious until recently. This book documents the pressing conservation issues and success stories of this species that was once marked for total extinction.

This book begins with an overview of the history of the relationship between humans and Galapagos giant tortoises starting from initial heavy exploitation by pirates and whalers, and extending to the start of the modern conservation era in the 1960s. The book then shifts to detail the evolution, taxonomy, and distribution of the species, describing movement ecology, reproduction, and behavior, and conservation efforts, including issues of invasive species and introduced diseases. The final portion of the book looks ahead to the future, addressing the implications of climate change on Galapagos giant tortoises and case studies of tortoise restoration.

Galapagos Giant Tortoises is the latest volume in the Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscape series. This is a valuable resource for researchers and conservationists, as well as students of biology, wildlife conservation, and herpetology.

- Provides a comprehensive overview of the Galapagos giant tortoise species as written and edited by the world's leading experts - Presents examples of tortoise restoration after the species was nearly extinct in the 1940s- Describes educated methods and efforts that must be taken to assist the species to full recovery
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Section I: Overview 1. The Galapagos Archipelago, island home of giant tortoises 2. Galapagos tortoises: Protagonists in the spectacle of life on Earth

Section II: History of Human
Tortoise Interactions 3. Human perceptions of Galapagos tortoises through history 4. The era of exploitation: 1700-1959 5. Darwin and Galapagos tortoises 6. The Collectors: Beginnings of scientific inquiry

Section III: The Natural History of Galapagos Giant Tortoises 7. Evolution and phylogenetics 8. Morphology and taxonomy 9. Reproduction 10. Thermoregulation 11. Behavior and Diet 12. Population biology 13. Movements 14. Habitats 15. Role in Ecosystems 16. Climate change

Section IV: Conservation: Slow Rescue from Near Destruction 17. History of Galapagos tortoise conservation 18. Monitoring and research 19. Health 20. Eradication and control of invasive species in support of tortoise conservation 21. Populations after 50 years of conservation

Section V: Restoration Case Studies 22. Española Island: From the brink of extinction to recovery 23. Pinzón Island: From a century of zero tortoise hatchlings to a growing population 24. Floreana and Pinta Islands: Repopulating islands through lost lineage recovery 25. Santa Fe Island: Return of tortoises via a replacement species

Section VI: Into the Future 26. Beyond rescue to full recovery
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