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Author: Sean Fraser; Tracey Hawthorne
These natural history guides have been developed in the hope that young people and anyone with a budding interest in natural history will take up the challenge to learn the secrets of southern Africa’s fascinating fauna and flora.
They are an invaluable resource for the beginner, providing information at a glance through superb photographs, maps and easy-to-read text.
• handy pocket size
All forms of life can be divided into two major groups - plants, which belong to the plant kingdom, and animals - of the animal kingdom.
Plants stay in one place and make their own food; animals move around and feed on other living creatures, and therefore have specially adapted senses which enable them to find whale they need to eat.
Animals can smell, taste, hear, see and feel. All the animals that have back-bones are known as chordates or vertebrates. Chordates are divided into five classes, namely mammal (Mammalia), reptiles (Reptilia), amphibians (Amphibia), bird (Aves) and fish (Pisces).
Because, like insects, spiders and scorpions have no backbones, they are known as invertebrates. They are of the order Arthropoda, and are classed as arachnids (Arachnida) and have jointed legs, which come straight out of the body.
Author Sean Fraser, a graduate of Journalism and Media Studies from Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, is a full-time editor and writer. For three years he was the Managing Editor of the Globetrotter Travel Series, a collection of acclaimed guides, atlases and travel maps focusing on a wide range of international travel destinations, including those of Africa, Europe, Southeast Asia and the Americas. He was also Associate Editor of Discover Africa magazine and Contributing Editor on Africa – Environment and Wildlife (now Africa Geographic).
He is also the author of no fewer than eight glossy coffee-table volumes on the people, wildlife and natural splendour of South Africa, three natural history guides aimed at creating conservation awareness among young readers, particularly in Africa, as well as National Geographics 336-page African Adventure Atlas, which explores the seemingly endless opportunities for travel and adventure on the continent. Based in Cape Town, Sean Fraser currently enjoys a freelance career in book and magazine publishing, specialising in travel and political biography.
Spiders and Scorpions