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Copyright: 1994
Trim: 8½ x 11
Pages: 346 pp.
Illustrations: 202 figures, 39 tables


Biotic Communities

Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico

Edited by David E. Brown

Nature and Environment

Biotic Communities catalogs and defines by biome, or biotic community, the region centered on Arizona, New Mexico, Sonora, Chihuahua, and Baja California Norte, plus California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Texas, Coahuila, Sinaloa, and Baja California Sur. Originally published in 1982 by the Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum, this ambitious book is still a "must-have" for those working in natural resources management and ecological research, as well as non-specialists who wish to know more about a particular locale.

Biotic Communities is arranged by climatic formation with a short chapter for each biome describing climate, physiognomy, distribution, dominant and common plant species, and characteristic vertebrates. Subsequent chapters contain careful descriptions of zonal subdivisions. The text is supplemented with over one hundred black and white photographs illustrating almost every community type.

A corresponding full-color map is also available.

David E. Brown is adjunct professor of zoology, Arizona State University.

Table of Contents:

Preface, 1994
Preface, 1982
Management Applications of Biotic Community Data, David R. Patton
Introduction, Charles H. Lowe and David E. Brown
Historical Background to Southwestern Ecological Studies, David E. Brown, W.L. Minckley and James P. Collins

PART ONE: Tundras ~ Charles P. Pase
Arctic and Alpine Tundras
111.5 Alpine Tundra

PART TWO: Forests and Woodlands
Boreal Forests and Woodlands
121.3 Rocky Mountain (Petran) Subalpine Conifer Forest, Charles P. Pase and David E. Brown
121.4 Sierran Subalpine Conifer Forest, Charles P. Pase
Cold-Temperate Forests and Woodlands
122.3 Rocky Mountain (Petran) and Madrean Montane Conifer Forest, Charles P. Pase and David E. Brown
122.5 Sierran Montane Conifer Forest, Charles P. Pase
122.4 Great Basin Conifer Woodland, David E. Brown
Warm-Temperate Forests and Woodlands
123.3 Madrean Evergreen Woodland, David E. Brown
123.4 Californian Evergreen Forests and Woodland, David E. Brown
123.5 Relict Conifer Forests and Woodlands, David E. Brown
Tropical-Subtropical Forests
124.6 Sinaloan Deciduous Forests, Howard Scott Gentry

PART THREE: Scrublands
Arctic-Boreal Scrublands
131.5 Subalpine Scrub, David E. Brown
Warm-Temperate Scrublands
132.2 Californian Coastalscrub, Charles P. Pase and David E. Brown
133.1 Californian (Coastal) Chaparral, Charles P. Chase
133.3 Interior Chaparral, Charles P. Pase and David E. Brown
Tropical-Subtropical Scrublands
134.3 Sinaloan Thornscrub, David E. Brown

PART FOUR: Grasslands ~ David E. Brown
Arctic Boreal Grasslands
141.4 Alpine and Subalpine Grasslands

Cold-Temperate Grasslands
142.4 Montane Meadow Grassland
142.1 Plains and Great Basin Grasslands

Warm-Temperate Grasslands
143.1 Semidesert Grassland
143.2 Californian Valley Grassland

Tropical-Subtropical Grasslands
144.3 Sonoran Savanna Grassland

PART FIVE: Desertlands
Cold-Temperate Desertlands
152.1 Great Basin Desertscrub, Raymond M. Turner
Warm-Temperate Desertlands
153.1 Mohave Desertscrub, Raymond M. Turner
153.2 Chihuahuan Desertscrub, David E. Brown
Tropical-Subtropical Desertlands
154.1 Sonoran Desertscrub, Raymond M. Turner and David E. Brown

PART SIX: Wetlands ~ W.L. Minckley and David E. Brown
Arctic-Boreal Wetlands
Cold-Temperate Wetlands
Warm-Temperate Wetlands
Tropical-Subtropical Wetlands

Appendix I. A Digitized Classification System for the Biotic Communities of North America, with Community (Series) and Association Examples for the Southwest, David E. Brown, Charles H. Lowe, and Charles P. Pase

Appendix II. Scientific and Equivalent Common Names of Plants and Animals Used as Examples in the Text, Arranged by Biomes

Praise and Reviews:

“There is nothing like it. All serious southwestern research collections must own both [the book and the map].”
—Books of the Southwest

“Nicely illustrated. This reference book and map are absolutely needed by all serious field biologists working in North America.”
—Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science

“You gotta have this map to go with the book. For Southwesterners, this is the premier wall decoration.”
—Conservation Biology

“Long overdue and most welcome.”

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