New Book: The New Neotropical Companion

The New Neotropical CompanionThe New Neotropical Companion
by John Kricher

From Princeton University Press:

The New Neotropical Companion is the completely revised and expanded edition of a book that has helped thousands of people to understand the complex ecology and natural history of the most species-rich area on Earth, the American tropics. Featuring stunning color photos throughout, it is a sweeping and cutting-edge account of tropical ecology that includes not only tropical rain forests but also other ecosystems such as cloud forests, rivers, savannas, and mountains. This is the only guide to the American tropics that is all-inclusive, encompassing the entire region’s ecology and the amazing relationships among species rather than focusing just on species identification.

The New Neotropical Companion is a book unlike any other. Here, you will learn how to recognize distinctive ecological patterns of rain forests and other habitats and to interpret how these remarkable ecosystems function–everything is explained in clear and engaging prose free of jargon. You will also be introduced to the region’s astonishing plant and animal life.

Informative and entertaining, The New Neotropical Companion is a pleasurable escape for armchair naturalists, and visitors to the American tropics will want to refer to this book before, during, and after their trip.

  • Covers all of tropical America
  • Describes the species and habitats most likely to be observed by visitors
  • Includes every major ecosystem, from lowland rain forests to the high Andes
  • Features a wealth of color photos of habitats, plants, and animals


Pretty much anything you want to know about the ecology and natural history of the neotropics (tropical America) can be found in this book. Short, but information-packed, sections make it easy, and even fun, to browse. One of these is called Brightly Banded Snakes: Some of These Can Kill You, Some Are OK. How can you not read that? I couldn’t resist. And then I read more, and more again. If you’re planning on traveling to this wonderful region, reading this guide beforehand will add immensely to the experience.


The New Neotropical Companion
by John Kricher
Paperback; 448 pages
Princeton University Press; March 7, 2017
ISBN: 9780691115252

Posted by Grant McCreary on April 24th, 2017.

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