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Title:
Neotropical rainforest mammals : a field guide
Author:
Emmons, Louise.
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Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1997.
Physical Description:
xvi, 307 pages, 38 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780226207193

9780226207216
Format :
Book

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Neotropical Rainforest Mammals , the first color-illustrated field guide to these marvelously diverse and elusive creatures, has enjoyed tremendous success since its initial publication in 1990. Ecotourists and field researchers alike have applauded this guide's compact size, light weight, and durability. More important, they have appreciated its clear and concise accounts of the mammals of this broad region. Each species account includes information on identifying characteristics, similar species, vocalizations, behavior and natural history, geographic range, conservation status, local names, and references to the scientific literature.

In this completely revised and updated second edition:

A total of 226 species are treated in full (206 were included in the first edition).

All species accounts retained from the first edition have been updated to include the most recent research.

All 195 maps showing the distribution and geographic range of each species have been revised to reflect the most current information.

Twenty-nine beautiful color plates illustrate more than 220 species (including significant color variants between males and females or adults and young). Seven black-and-white plates contain more than 60 images of individual species, mainly bats.

A compact disc of mammal vocalizations--crucial to identifying nocturnal and otherwise cryptic animals that sometimes may be heard rather than seen--will be available for purchase separately.

Praise for the first edition:

"If you can't go to the Central and South American rain forests to see firsthand their threatened ecosystems, here is the next best thing."-- Washington Post Book World

"A large amount of information is presented concisely and in a way that is easy to use."-- Choice

"The presentation and wealth of information contained in this field guide is outstanding and will satisfy the needs of both the 'tourist' and 'researcher' traveling to the Neotropics."-- Canadian Field-Naturalist


Summary

Neotropical Rainforest Mammals , the first color-illustrated field guide to these marvelously diverse and elusive creatures, has enjoyed tremendous success since its initial publication in 1990. Ecotourists and field researchers alike have applauded this guide's compact size, light weight, and durability. More important, they have appreciated its clear and concise accounts of the mammals of this broad region. Each species account includes information on identifying characteristics, similar species, vocalizations, behavior and natural history, geographic range, conservation status, local names, and references to the scientific literature.

In this completely revised and updated second edition:

A total of 226 species are treated in full (206 were included in the first edition).

All species accounts retained from the first edition have been updated to include the most recent research.

All 195 maps showing the distribution and geographic range of each species have been revised to reflect the most current information.

Twenty-nine beautiful color plates illustrate more than 220 species (including significant color variants between males and females or adults and young). Seven black-and-white plates contain more than 60 images of individual species, mainly bats.

A compact disc of mammal vocalizations--crucial to identifying nocturnal and otherwise cryptic animals that sometimes may be heard rather than seen--will be available for purchase separately.

Praise for the first edition:

"If you can't go to the Central and South American rain forests to see firsthand their threatened ecosystems, here is the next best thing."-- Washington Post Book World

"A large amount of information is presented concisely and in a way that is easy to use."-- Choice

"The presentation and wealth of information contained in this field guide is outstanding and will satisfy the needs of both the 'tourist' and 'researcher' traveling to the Neotropics."-- Canadian Field-Naturalist


Reviews 2

Choice Review

The first book devoted to mammals in the New World rain forest, this is a timely arrival given the growing interest in this region. After a brief introduction, the majority of the text consists of species accounts. Each account contains information under the following headings: "Identification" (with, in some cases, brief characteristics of subspecies), "Similar species," "Sounds," "Natural history," "Geographic range," "Status" (whether the population is in danger and to what extent), "Local names," and "References." (It becomes quickly evident, in reading these accounts, that many tropical mammals are not very well known.) Following the species accounts, there are keys to the families and genera covered in the book, a brief glossary, and a chapter on classification, study, biogeography, and conservation of neotropical mammals. The book ends with a checklist and index of scientific names. Most of the species are illustrated in color. There are distribution maps for each species. Overall, a large amount of information is presented concisely and in a way that is easy to use. The book is interesting and is surprisingly readable despite its compactness. Any university or college library supporting activities or courses that touch on the tropics should have a copy. K. L. Williams Northwestern State University of Louisiana


Choice Review

The first book devoted to mammals in the New World rain forest, this is a timely arrival given the growing interest in this region. After a brief introduction, the majority of the text consists of species accounts. Each account contains information under the following headings: "Identification" (with, in some cases, brief characteristics of subspecies), "Similar species," "Sounds," "Natural history," "Geographic range," "Status" (whether the population is in danger and to what extent), "Local names," and "References." (It becomes quickly evident, in reading these accounts, that many tropical mammals are not very well known.) Following the species accounts, there are keys to the families and genera covered in the book, a brief glossary, and a chapter on classification, study, biogeography, and conservation of neotropical mammals. The book ends with a checklist and index of scientific names. Most of the species are illustrated in color. There are distribution maps for each species. Overall, a large amount of information is presented concisely and in a way that is easy to use. The book is interesting and is surprisingly readable despite its compactness. Any university or college library supporting activities or courses that touch on the tropics should have a copy. K. L. Williams Northwestern State University of Louisiana


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface
What Is in This Book, Where It Comes from, and How to Use It
Opossums (Marsupialia)
Anteaters, Sloths, and Armadillos (Xenarthra)
Bats (Chiroptera)
Monkeys (Primates)
Carnivores (Carnivora)
Dolphins (Cetacea)
Tapirs (Perissodactyla)
Peccaries and Deer (Artiodactyla)
Manatees (Sirenia)
Rodents (Rodentia)
Rabbits (Lagomorpha)
App. A Glossary
App. B Keys to the Families and Genera of Rainforest Mammals
App. C Classification, Study, Biogeography, and Conservation of Neotropical Rainforest Mammals
App. D Tracks of Large Mammals
App. E Checklist and Index of Scientific Names
Index of Genera and Common Names
List of Illustrations
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface
What Is in This Book, Where It Comes from, and How to Use It
Opossums (Marsupialia)
Anteaters, Sloths, and Armadillos (Xenarthra)
Bats (Chiroptera)
Monkeys (Primates)
Carnivores (Carnivora)
Dolphins (Cetacea)
Tapirs (Perissodactyla)
Peccaries and Deer (Artiodactyla)
Manatees (Sirenia)
Rodents (Rodentia)
Rabbits (Lagomorpha)
App. A Glossary
App. B Keys to the Families and Genera of Rainforest Mammals
App. C Classification, Study, Biogeography, and Conservation of Neotropical Rainforest Mammals
App. D Tracks of Large Mammals
App. E Checklist and Index of Scientific Names
Index of Genera and Common Names

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