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A field guide to the mammals of Central America & southeast Mexico
Reid, Fiona, 1955-
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Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
Physical Description:
xiv, 334 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm

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QL723.A1 R45 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This is the first comprehensive field guide to the mammals of Central America, one of the most diverse and species-rich regions in the world. Generously illustrated with 48 full-color plates and many drawings, the book is designed for use both by amateur naturalists and professionalbiologists. The guide provides accounts for all mammals native to the land and surrounding waters of Central America and southeast Mexico. Detailed accounts include complete descriptions, measurements, range maps, and comparisons with similar species. The entire distribution, habitat, endangeredstatus, and behaviors are also described, with sources of scientific references. For travelers to the region, a guide to the major parks and preserves is provided, with lists of the animals likely to found in each.

Author Notes

Fiona A. Reid, Departmental Associate in Mammalogy, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.

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Reid's field guide, overlapping minimally with Louise H. Emmons and Fran,coise Feer's Neotropical Rainforest Mammals: A Field Guide (1st ed., CH, Jan,'91; 2nd ed., 1997), covers all habitats in Central America and southern Mexico, not just the rainforest. The author, a noted illustrator of neotropical mammals, observed in the wild or captured for study 85 percent of the mainland species of mammals covered in the guide. The result is a superb collection of beautifully rendered mammal portraits painted from life on site. Outstanding are the color plates of 118 species of bats and 63 of small rodents. She also provides sketches of the tracks of most larger species, the undersides of the feet of small rodent species, and representative bat silhouettes. The species accounts include English, Spanish, and local names, description, distribution (with range maps), status and habitat, and habits. The introduction describes the basic types of habitats in Central America and provides highly useful and unique instructions on finding mammals, as well as a guide to the best places to find them. With its extensive bibliography, this guide is a first-rate contribution to mammalogy and an essential addition to the mammalian library. General readers; undergraduates through professionals. R. L. Smith; emeritus, West Virginia University

Table of Contents

List of Color Plates
List of Text Figures
How to Use This Book
American Opossums (Order Didelphimorphia)
Anteaters, Sloths, and Armadillos (Order Xenarthra)
Insectivores (Order Insectivora)
Bats (Order Chiroptera)
Monkeys (Order Primates)
Rodents (Order Rodentia)
Rabbits and Hares (Order Lagomorpha, Family Leporidae)
Carnivores (Order Carnivora)
Manatees and Dugongs (Order Sirenia, Family Trichechidae)
Odd-Toed Ungulates (Order Perissodactyla)
Even-Toed Ungulates (Order Artiodactyla)
Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises (Order Cetacea)
Index to Scientific Names
Index to Common Names