Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

May 1997


Published in Great Plains Research 7:1 (Spring 1997). Copyright © 1997 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


Each year field guides and regional books with varying degrees of usefulness and new information are published. Such books can be ranked on a continuum between made-for-the-public identification guides to true scientific contributions. This massive work on the reptiles and amphibians of New Mexico certainly fits into the latter category. It is a summation of a tremendous amount of the authors' research, which will be useful for biologists looking for complete information concerning the 123 species of reptiles and amphibians from this state and throughout the Southwest. It follows in the tradition of data-rich guides such as The Salamanders of Ohio (Pfingsten and Downs 1989) and The Reptiles of Virginia (Mitche111994).