A list of books and information locally available on endemic plants and animals of Cayman Islands

DOE Cayman IslandsWild Trees in the Cayman Islands
by Frederic J. Burton (Author)
Penny Clifford (Illustrator)
ISBN-10: 1427621683
ISBN-13: 978-1427621689
Published: January 1, 2007

All the Caymans’ wild trees illustrated and described.
Simple, non-technical “Key” to quick identification.
Color photographs of barks. Notes on traditional uses and propagation.
Can be ordered from IRCF.org
 


DOE Cayman IslandThe Little Blue Book:
A Short History of the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana
Hardcover
Publisher: Intl. Reptile Consv. Fnd.; 1St Edition edition (2010)
ISBN-10: 0578043084
ISBN-13: 978-0578043081
Reviewed by: Arthur C. Echternacht

Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee
Fred Burton’s delightful and informative book, “The Little Blue Book: A Short History of the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana,” is both autobiographical and a biographical. As a biography, it introduces the reader to the life, or lives, of Grand Cayman Blue Iguanas, Cyclura lewisi, found only on Grand Cayman Islands and one of the most endangered reptiles in the world. As an autobiography, it documents Fred’s determined efforts to bring an iconic species back from the very brink of extinction.
Can be ordered from IRCF.org
 


DOE Cayman IslandA Photographic Guide to the Birds of the Cayman Islands
A stunning photographic showcase of the birds of the Cayman Islands
By: Patricia E Bradley (Author)
Yves-Jacques Rey-Millet (Illustrator)
Paperback: Feb 2013
ISBN-13: 9781408123645
Containing hundreds of stunning photographs by Yves-Jacques Rey-Millet, A Photographic Guide to the Birds of the Cayman Islands, the latest addition to Helm’s Photographic Guides series, provides full photographic coverage of every species on the Cayman Islands list. Containing hundreds of stunning photographs by Yves-Jacques Rey-Millet, A Photographic Guide to the Birds of the Cayman Islands, the latest addition to Helm’s Photographic Guides series, provides full photographic coverage of every species on the Cayman Islands list….
Can be ordered from NHBS.com
 


DOE Cayman IslandBirds of the Cayman Islands
By: Patricia E Bradley (Author)
Yves-Jacques Rey-Millet (Author)
Hardback | Dec 1995 | Edition: 2
ISBN: 9768052104
261 pages, 77 col plates, 2 figs, 4 maps
Photography by Yves-Jacques Rey-Millet.
`…in its quality of content, format and production, it sets a standard for island field guides.’ Tony Diamond
Can be ordered from NHBS.com
 
 
 


DOE Cayman IslandsThe Birds of the Cayman Islands
By: PE Bradley
Hardback | Dec 2000
ISBN: 090744623X
250 pages, Col photos
Presents an analysis of the breeding and migrant avifauna of the three islands since the first ornithologists visited in 1886. Status, distribution and habitats are described for all 222 species, with accompanying breeding data for 49 species. The monograph aims to place the Cayman Islands Avifauna in its historic and modern biogeographical context in the western Caribbean and to contribute to the database on Neotropical migrants, presently 79% of the Islands’ avifauna.
Can be ordered from NHBS.com
 


DOE Cayman IslandsA Birdwatchers’ Guide to Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and the Caymans
By: Guy Kirwan, Arturo Kirkconnell and Mike Flieg
Paperback | Mar 2010 |
ISBN-13: 9781871104127
198 pages, Line illus, maps
This guide covers the Greater Antilles, which comprises five groups of islands and six countries. From Cuba, with about 360 species, to the Cayman Islands with just over 220 species, the Greater Antilles have recorded just over 550 species and this total contains more than 100 single island endemics and many more restricted range species making these islands a very attractive proposition to the visiting birder. The site accounts have details of location, birding strategy, accommodation and, of course, the birds. More than 80 sites are detailed, many with accompanying maps. A full species lists shows exactly what has been seen in each country, and the selective list helps to target the best places to visit. As well as covering the very best birding sites, the authors have also tried to include some locations close to main holiday centres used by birders with families.
Can be ordered from NHBS.com
 


DOE Cayman IslandsButterflies of the Cayman Islands
By: RR Askew and PA Van B Stafford
Hardback | Dec 2008
ISBN-13: 9788788757859
172 pages, colour plates, colour photos, colour maps, b/w illustrations, tables
This book will enable the identification of each of the 57 species of butterfly that has been recorded from the Cayman Islands. There is a description of every butterfly, stressing its most important characteristics, with photographs of living and mounted specimens. The distribution, history and biology of each species are reviewed and the plants which provide adult butterflies with nectar or feed their caterpillars are tabulated. A general introduction includes a discussion of the affinities and size of the Caymanian butterfly fauna. The three islands share most of their butterfly species but each island has uniquely characteristic elements and five subspecies live only in the Cayman Islands. Knowledge is fundamental to conservation; it is hoped that both the casual butterfly watcher and those more committed to the study of butterflies will discover much of interest in this book and thereby make a contribution to the continuing survival of these beautiful insects.
Can be ordered from NHBS.com
 


DOE Cayman IslandsFlora of the Cayman Islands
By: George R Proctor (Author)
Hardback | Jul 2012 | Edition: 2
ISBN-13: 9781842464038
788 pages, 64 plates with 400 colour photos; 256 b/w line drawings
The three islands comprising the Cayman Islands (Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac) support 415 native taxa in a land area little over 260 square kilometers, 29 of which are uniquely Caymanian. This full colour Flora of the Cayman Islands by George R. Proctor is a total revision of his first edition. While still being a classic flora, 256 line illustrations and over 400 colour photographs illustrate the majority of species most likely to be encountered. Thus, it satisfies the needs of the professional botanist, while providing the non-expert and eco-traveler with an accessible, informative field guide….
Can be ordered from NHBS.com
 


DOE Cayman IslandsThreatened Plants of the Cayman Islands
By: Frederic J Burton
Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Paperback | Jun 2008
ISBN-13: 9781842462201
106 pages, Col photos, maps
The first Red List assessment of the entire Cayman Islands flora, covering all 415 species and varieties considered truly native to the Cayman Islands. A comprehensive field guide to the unique plants of the Cayman Islands, with full-colour photographs of all the endemic and near-endemic plants of Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. The natural vegetation communities are also presented, in language suited to all readers, accompanied by a technical classification on compact disc. This book is for plant scientists, ecologists, landscapers and developers, and for the visitor who wishes to understand more about the vanishing natural beauty of these islands.
Can be ordered from NHBS.com