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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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As in most books of this type, this guide consists largely of species accounts, which include standard measurements, description, distribution, status, habitat, and natural history. For some species, Reid, an artist and naturalist who has studied mammals for more than 20 years, includes places where the animal can be seen. Each account is accompanied by a crisply drawn distribution map in gray scale. Fifty color plates are included in a separate section. There are helpful chapters on how to use the book, how to collect and observe mammals, and the habitats in which to find them, and an excellent section on the ecological settings in each country or region considered. In updating the first edition (CH, Nov'98, 36-1581), Reid had to redo over 130 range maps because of the movements of species, often the result of deforestation. Some new species have been added partly due to their movements into the area and partly because of refined techniques of DNA analysis that were not in widespread use in 1997. This is a useful tool for the professional mammalogist studying the Mesoamerican fauna, and it should be in libraries that support natural history museums and universities with concentrations in zoogeography, mammalogy, and vertebrate ecology. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. H. N. Cunningham Jr. emeritus, Pennsylvania State Erie, Behrend College

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