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Field guide to the mammals of southern Africa
Stuart, Chris.
Personal Author:
Second U.S. edition (softcover).
Publication Information:
Sanibel Island, Fla., USA : R. Curtis Books Pub., 1999.

Physical Description:
272 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Chris and Tilde Stuart's field guide to the mammals of southern Africa. 1988.
Format :


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QL731.S63 S8 1993 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In this guide to the prolific mammalian wildlife of Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and part of Mozambique, a married conservationist couple describe the characteristics of species grouped in 112 color plates with pointers on identification, distribution, habitat, behavior, reproduction,

Author Notes

Chris Stuart was born in Yorkshire, England and was educated there and in South Africa, obtaining his M.Sc. in Zoology from the University of Natal. He has worked with several southern African conservation agencies, including the Cape Department of Nature and Environmental Conservation, the Albany Museum and the Namib Desert Research Station in Namibia. He is a member of the Cat Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.
Tilde Stuart was born in Tyrol, Austria and was educated there and at the German School in Teheran, Iran. She received her doctorate at the University of Innsbruck and thereafter worked for two years at a rural hospital in the northern Transvaal.

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Choice Review

Extensively revised since the 3rd ed. (2001), this book by C. Stuart and T. Stuart (founders, African-Arabian Wildlife Research Centre) is the definitive photographic guide to the mammals of southern Africa. Standing in contrast to those regional guides that emphasize only Africa's larger mammals, it covers the rich diversity of small mammals: golden moles, sengis, hedgehogs and shrews, bats, hares and rabbits, and rodents. The introduction considers the major biotic zones, mammal identification, and conservation and management in southern Africa. Following are concise accounts of mammal families and subfamilies, color-coded to facilitate their location within the text. Especially useful are figures depicting the tail, facial conformation, and ear conformation of different bat groups. Identification is based on 470 excellent photographs emphasizing distinguishing features, along with 275 distribution maps. The 350 species accounts cover description, distribution, habitat, behavior, food, and reproduction. More than just a field guide, this concise reference nicely complements the comprehensive The Mammals of the Southern Africa Subregion, rev. by J. D. Skinner and C. T. Chimimba (3rd ed., CH, Sep'06, 44-0035). Inclusion of the usually overlooked small mammals makes this book a valuable addition to mammalian libraries. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. R. L. Smith emeritus, West Virginia University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 7
Photographic creditsp. 8
Introductionp. 9
How to use this field guidep. 12
Conservation and wildlife managementp. 14
Family introductionsp. 16
Organizations concerned with mammal studies and conservationp. 30
Order Insectivorap. 32
Golden moles (family Chrysochloridae)p. 32
Hedgehog (family Erinaceidae)p. 36
Elephant-shrews (family Macroscelididae)p. 38
Shrews (family Soricidae)p. 40
Order Chriopterap. 46
Fruit-bats (family Pteropodidae)p. 46
Sheath-tailed and tomb bats (family Emballonuridae)p. 50
Trident and leaf-nosed bats (family Hipposideridae)p. 50
Slit-faced bats (family Nycteridae)p. 54
Horseshoe bats (family Rhinolophidae)p. 56
Vesper bats (family Vespertilionidae)p. 58
Long-fingered bats (subfamily Miniopterinae)p. 58
Serotine, hairy, pipistrelle, butterfly, long-eared and house bats (subfamily Vespertilioninae)p. 60
Woolly bats (subfamily Kerivoulinae)p. 70
Free-tailed bats (family Molossidae)p. 70
Order Primatesp. 74
Baboons and monkeys (family Cercopithecidae)p. 74
Bushbabies (family Lorisidae)p. 78
Order Pholidotap. 82
Pangolin (family Manidae)p. 82
Order Lagomorphap. 82
Hares and rabbits (family Leporidae)p. 82
Order Rodentiap. 86
Squirrels (family Sciuridae)p. 86
Dormice (family Gliridae)p. 92
Springhare (family Pedetidae)p. 94
Molerats (family Bathyergidae)p. 94
Porcupine (family Hystricidae)p. 96
Cane-rats (family Thryonomyidae)p. 98
Dassie rat (family Petromuridae)p. 98
Rats and mice (family Cricetidae and Muridae)p. 100
Order Carnivorap. 122
Foxes, jackals and wild dog (family Canidae)p. 122
Otters, badger, weasel and polecat (family Mustelidae)p. 128
Mongoose, genets and civets (family Viverridae)p. 132
Hyaenas (family Hyaenidae)p. 148
Aardwolf (family Protelidae)p. 150
Cats (family Felidae)p. 152
Order Tubulidentatap. 162
Aardvark (family Orycteropodidae)p. 162
Order Proboscideap. 164
Elephant (family Elephantidae)p. 164
Order Hyracoideap. 166
Dassies (family Procaviidae)p. 166
Order Perissodactylap. 170
Zebras (family Equidae)p. 170
Rhinoceros (family Rhinocerotidae)p. 172
Order Artiodactylap. 176
Pigs (family Suidae)p. 176
Hippopotamus (family Hippopotamidae)p. 178
Giraffe (family Giraffidae)p. 180
Antelope and buffalo (family Bovidae)p. 182
Fallow deer (family Cervidae)p. 222
Tahr (family Bovidae; subfamily Caprinae)p. 222
Order Cetaceap. 224
Rorquals or pleated whales (family Balaenopteridae)p. 224
Right whales (family Balaenidae)p. 228
Beaked whales (family Ziphiidae)p. 230
Sperm whales (family Physeteridae)p. 234
Dolphins, pilot whales, killer and false killer whales (family Delphinidae)p. 236
Order Sireniap. 250
Dugong (family Dugongidae)p. 250
Order Pinnipediap. 250
Fur seals (family Otariidae)p. 250
True seals (family Phocidae)p. 252
Spoor drawingsp. 256
Suggested further readingp. 261
Glossaryp. 261
Index to common namesp. 262
Index to scientific namesp. 266
Index to Afrikaans namesp. 270