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Mammals of the Eastern United States
Whitaker, John O.
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Third edition.
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Ithaca : Comstock Publishing Associates, 1998.
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xi, 583 pages, 24 pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 26 cm
Order Didelphimorphia : opossums -- Order Insectivora : shrews and moles -- Order Chiroptera : bats -- Order Primates : apes and monkeys -- Order Xenarthra : armadillos and allies -- Order Lagomorpha : hares, rabbits, and allies -- Order Rodentia : rodents, or gnawing mammals -- Order Carnivora : carnivores, or flesh eaters -- Order Sirenia : manatee and allies -- Order Perissodactyla : horses and other odd-toed ungulates -- Order Artiodactyla : pigs, deer, and other even-toed ungulates -- Appendix : endangered, threatened, and extirpated species.
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"The authors have done a superb job of distilling a vast amount of information on the biology of the terrestrial mammals of the eastern United States in a style that will not only satisfy the expert's need for accurate data but will also appeal to students and others interested in natural history." --James N. Layne, Archbold Biological Station In their definitive work on eastern mammals, John O. Whitaker, Jr., and W. J. Hamilton, Jr., vividly convey their sheer delight at the variety and abundance of mammalian life. They have brought together a wealth of biological information and applied a biological subspecies concept to the mammals of the eastern United States. Their research extends "from the high reaches of Mount Katahdin in northern Maine, where water shrews and moose hold company," to the unglaciated hills of southern Indiana, where pygmy shrews (each weighing less than a dime) lived undetected until 1981. From there, they reach to "the cypress swamps of lower Florida, where the spoor of the mountain lion may be seen."*Describes the animals, their behavior, and dispersion in all 27 states east of the Mississippi River.*Almost entirely rewritten, this edition provides an abundance of scientific information in combination with anecdotes, field notes, and an underlying reverence for the fragile diversity of animal life. *Illustrations include 110 range maps, 167 black-and-white photographs, and 92 color images.*Covers 121 species, 17 more than in the previous edition. *Uses a biological subspecies concept, showing the results of evolution through differentiation. *Provides keys to orders and genera, anatomical line drawings. *Summarizes information on endangered and threatened species for each of the eastern states. *Lists state mammal books in the literature section.

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Whitaker and Hamilton's new edition (2nd ed., 1979) has been almost entirely rewritten, and the species accounts have been expanded and updated. New material includes parasites and diseases, and an appendix lists all species and subspecies designated as endangered or threatened on federal or state lists. Coverage includes an introduction and key to the orders of eastern US mammals, followed by chapters devoted to each order. Taxonomic coverage within each order is by family, genera, and species; there are keys to the genera and species (where necessary). Within species accounts there are a description, measurements, distribution (including maps), habitat, habits, food and feeding, reproduction and development, population characteristics, enemies, parasites and disease, relation to humans, areas for further work, and where pertinent, brief coverage of subspecies. There are black-and-white and color photographs of many species. Figures of key structures are included for species when relevant in identification. Art work and photographs are good to excellent, as are the maps. An easy-to-read and informative work. Strongly recommended for universities and large public libraries. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. K. L. Williams; Northwestern State University