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.
- 1999, Winner - Reference Award, American Association of University Presses
... full of fascinating information about size, range and habits.
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.
Family Didelphidae: Opossums
Family Dasypodidae: Armadillos
Shrews and Moles
Family Soricidae: Shrews
Family Talpidae: Moles
Family Mormoopidae: Leaf-chinned Bats
Family Phyllostomidae: Leaf-nosed Bats Family Vespertilionidae: Vesper Bats
Family Molossidae: Free-tailed Bats
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
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
Family Trichectidae: Manatees
Even-toed Hoofed Mammals
Family Tayassuidae: Peccaries
Family Cervidae: Deer
Family Antilocapridae: Pronghorn
Family Bovidae: Bison, Sheep, and Goats
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
Pikas, Rabbits, and Hares
Family Ochotonidae: Pikas
Family Leporidae: Rabbits and Hares
Plant common and scientific names
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