Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals
776 pages, 9 x 11
over 400 b&w and colour illustrations
Hardcover
Release Date:15 Oct 1999
ISBN:9780774807623
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Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals

UBC Press

America north of Mexico is home to more than four hundred species of mammals. In this comprehensive volume more than 450 color and black-and-white photographs and detailed, accessibly written descriptions survey the rich and varied world of North American mammals – from familiar species such as bear, deer, seals, squirrels, and rabbits to those that are more secretive or obscure, including shrews, bats, and voles.

Written by more than two hundred experts, each with extensive experience in the field, descriptions include distribution maps, identification guidelines, scientific and common names, and information on behaviour, diet, reproduction, growth, longevity, predation, and habitat preferences. The accounts summarize the current population status of each animal and detail distribution changes owing to human activities.

Organized according to evolutionary relationships, the book covers every species within the ten North American mammalian orders, including those that inhabit offshore waters. From opossums to manatees, badgers to pronghorn antelope, this authoritative volume will serve as an invaluable reference for general reader and specialist alike.

Awards

  • 1999, Winner - Reference Award, American Association of University Presses
RELATED TOPICS: Natural History, Nature
... full of fascinating information about size, range and habits. Globe & Mail
An exceptional review of the mammalian fauna of North America exclusive of Mexico including those marine species inhabiting the Continent’s coastal regions and offshore waters. Zoo Book Sales, January 2000
Don E. Wilson is the director of Biodiversity Programs at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and the author or editor of more than 160 scientific publications, including Mammal Species of the World and Bats in Question. Sue Ruff is a freelance researcher, writer, and editor who has worked for the National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park.

Preface

Introduction

Contributors

ORDER DIDELPHIMORPHIA

Family Didelphidae: Opossums

ORDER XENARTHA

Family Dasypodidae: Armadillos

ORDER INSECTIVORA

Shrews and Moles

Family Soricidae: Shrews

Family Talpidae: Moles

ORDER CHIROPTERA

Bats

Family Mormoopidae: Leaf-chinned Bats

Family Phyllostomidae: Leaf-nosed Bats Family Vespertilionidae: Vesper Bats

Family Molossidae: Free-tailed Bats

ORDER CARNIVORA

Carnivores

Family Canidae: Dogs

Family Ursidae: Bears

Family Mustelidae: Weasels, Badgers, Skunks, and Otters

Family Odobenidae: Walrus

Family Otariidae: Fur Seals and Sea Lions

Family Phocidae: Earless Seals

Family Procyonidae: Raccoons

Family Felidae: Cats

ORDER CETACEA

Whales and Dolphins

Family Balaenidae: Right Whales

Family Balaenopteridae: Rorquals

Family Eschrichtiidae: Gray Whale

Family Delphinidae: Porpoises

Family Physeteridae: Sperm Whales

Family Ziphiidae: Beaked Whales

ORDER SIRENIA

Family Trichectidae: Manatees

ORDER ARTIODACTYLA

Even-toed Hoofed Mammals

Family Tayassuidae: Peccaries

Family Cervidae: Deer

Family Antilocapridae: Pronghorn

Family Bovidae: Bison, Sheep, and Goats

ORDER RODENTIA

Rodents

Family Aplodontidae: Mountain Beaver

Family Sciuridae: Squirrels

Family Geomyidae: Pocket Gophers

Family Heteromyidae: Pocket Mice, Kangaroo Rats, and Kangaroo Mice

Family Castoridae: Beaver

Family Muridae: Rats, Mice, Kangaroo Rats, and Kangaroo Mice

Family Dipodidae: Jumping Mice

Family Erithizontidae: Porcupines

ORDER LAGOMORPHA

Pikas, Rabbits, and Hares

Family Ochotonidae: Pikas

Family Leporidae: Rabbits and Hares

Glossary

Plant common and scientific names

Literature cited

Index

Photo credits

Editorial credits

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