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Title:
Mammals of Europe
Author:
Macdonald, David W. (David Whyte)
Publication Information:
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2001]

©1993
Physical Description:
312 pages, 126 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 20 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780691091600
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

In the wilds of which one continent do Canadian beavers, white-tailed deer, raccoons, American mink, Algerian hedgehogs, Egyptian slit-faced bats, Chinese water deer, golden jackals, red-necked wallabies, and Barbary apes scamper or flutter about? Europe. This guide is the first to authoritatively describe all of the more than 200 mammals one might encounter in the Old World and the seas around it--also including more widespread creatures such as brown bears, badgers, bats, hedgehogs, wild boar, and a host of whales and dolphins.


The book features 64 color plates containing over 600 superbly detailed paintings of the animals themselves, sometimes with their young, and sketches of tracks, nests, holes, field signs, skulls and teeth. Many species appear in their characteristic gaits. The succinct yet unusually informative text is complemented by 236 black and white sketches and over 200 distribution maps. For each species, details on color, form, habitats, measurements, breeding, and behavior are given. A specific entry for every animal covers recognition, whether by sound, the marks left when feeding, or its tracks. A table on bats explains all variations in flight pattern, calls, and feeding times. An exhaustive list of calls made by whales and dolphins is also included.


Nature-lovers eyeing a real or imagined European vacation will discover in these pages that the Old World's mix of mammals, far from being old hat, is positively fascinating. Offering thorough information and first-rate color illustrations, this book sets the standard high.



Comprehensive field guide to the more than 200 mammals of Europe and the surrounding seas
64 color plates with more than 600 paintings of the animals and sketches of their tracks, nests, holes, field signs, skulls and teeth, and young
Text provides information on color, form, habitat, size, breeding, and behavior, with specific entries for recognition by sound, tracks, or color variation
Table on flight pattern, calls, and feeding times for all bats
Over 200 distribution maps plus black-and-white illustrations


Author Notes

David W. Macdonald heads the Ecology and Conservation Biology Group in the Department of Zoology, Oxford University. He is the author of several books, including the hugely successful two-volume Encyclopedia of Mammals , and of hundreds of scientific papers on animal behavior. Priscilla Barrett was involved with research into animal behavior before devoting herself full time to painting. She is an elected member of the Society of Wildlife Artists in the United Kingdom and has exhibited widely. She has illustrated many books, including field guides to the mammals of Europe, Africa, and South America. She has illustrated four of David Macdonald's previous books.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. 6
How to use this bookp. 10
Marsupialsp. 19
Red-necked Wallabyp. 20
Insectivoresp. 21
Western Hedgehogp. 22
Eastern Hedgehogp. 24
Algerian Hedgehogp. 25
Least Shrewp. 25
Appenine Shrewp. 26
Common Shrewp. 26
Pygmy Shrewp. 28
Dusky Shrewp. 29
Masked Shrewp. 30
Alpine Shrewp. 30
Millet's Shrewp. 31
Spanish Shrewp. 31
Water Shrewp. 32
Miller's Water Shrewp. 33
Bi-coloured White-toothed Shrewp. 34
Lesser White-toothed Shrewp. 35
Greater White-toothed Shrewp. 36
Pygmy White-toothed Shrewp. 37
Pyrenean Desmanp. 38
Blind Molep. 39
Common Molep. 40
Roman Molep. 42
Chiropterap. 43
Egyptian Slit Faced Batp. 46
Lesser Horseshoe Batp. 47
Mediterranean Horseshoe Batp. 49
Blasius' Horseshoe Batp. 50
Greater Horseshoe Batp. 50
Mehely's Horseshoe Batp. 52
Whiskered Batp. 53
Brandt's Batp. 55
Daubenton's Batp. 56
Long-fingered Batp. 58
Pond Batp. 59
Natterer's Batp. 60
Geoffroy's Batp. 61
Bechstein's Batp. 62
Nathalina Batp. 63
Greater Mouse-eared Batp. 64
Lesser Mouse-eared Batp. 65
Common Pipistrellep. 66
Nathusius' Pipistrellep. 69
Kuhl's Pipistrellep. 70
Savi's Pipistrellep. 72
Leisler's Batp. 72
Noctulep. 74
Greater Noctulep. 75
Serotine Batp. 76
Northern Batp. 78
Parti-coloured Batp. 79
Hoary Batp. 80
Barbastelle Batp. 81
Grey Long- Eared Batp. 82
Brown Long-eared Batp. 83
Schreiber's Batp. 85
European Free-tailed Batp. 86
Primatesp. 88
Barbary Macaquep. 89
Carnivoresp. 90
Wolfp. 92
Golden Jackalp. 93
Arctic Foxp. 94
Red Foxp. 96
Raccoon Dogp. 101
Polar Bearp. 103
Brown Bearp. 105
Raccoonp. 107
Stoatp. 109
Weaselp. 111
European Minkp. 113
American Minkp. 114
Steppe Polecatp. 116
Western Polecatp. 117
Marbled Polecatp. 118
Pine Martenp. 119
Beech Martenp. 122
Sablep. 123
Wolverinep. 124
Eurasian Badgerp. 126
Otterp. 129
Common Genetp. 131
Egyptian Mongoosep. 132
Indian Grey Mongoosep. 133
Wildcatp. 133
Lynxp. 136
Pardel Lynxp. 137
Pinnipedsp. 139
Walrusp. 140
Harp Sealp. 142
Ringed Sealp. 144
Common Sealp. 146
Grey Sealp. 148
Bearded Sealp. 150
Mediterranean Monk Sealp. 151
Hooded Sealp. 152
Cetaceap. 155
Rough-toothed Dolphinp. 161
Striped Dolphinp. 162
Atlantic Spotted Dolphinp. 162
Common Dolphinp. 163
Bottle-nose Dolphinp. 165
White-beaked Dolphinp. 166
Atlantic White-sided Dolphinp. 166
False Killer Whalep. 167
Killer Whalep. 168
Risso's Dolphinp. 169
Long-finned Pilot Whalep. 170
Harbour Porpoisep. 171
Belugap. 172
Narwhalp. 173
Pygmy Sperm Whalep. 174
Dwarf Sperm Whalep. 176
Sperm Whalep. 176
Gervais' Beaked Whalep. 179
Blainville's Beaked Whalep. 179
True's Beaked Whalep. 180
Sowerby's Beaked Whalep. 181
Gray's Beaked Whalep. 181
Cuvier's Beaked Whalep. 182
Northern Bottle-nosed Whalep. 183
Blue Whalep. 184
Fin Whalep. 185
Sei Whalep. 186
Minke Whalep. 187
Humpback Whalep. 188
Bowhead Whalep. 191
Northern Right Whalep. 191
Artiodactylap. 193
Wild Pigp. 196
Chinese Water Deerp. 198
Reeves' Muntjacp. 199
Red Deerp. 200
Sika Deerp. 203
Fallow Deerp. 204
Axis Deerp. 206
Elkp. 207
Reindeerp. 208
White-tailed Deerp. 209
Roe Deerp. 211
Bisonp. 214
Chamoisp. 214
Musk Oxp. 216
Alpine Ibexp. 217
Spanish Ibexp. 218
Cretan Wild Goatp. 219
Mouflonp. 220
Rodentsp. 222
Grey Squirrelp. 224
Persian Squirrelp. 226
Red Squirrelp. 226
Alpine Marmotp. 228
Spotted Souslikp. 230
European Souslikp. 231
Siberian Chipmunkp. 231
Flying Squirrelp. 232
European Beaverp. 233
Canadian Beaverp. 235
Common Hamsterp. 236
Grey Hamsterp. 237
Romanian Hamsterp. 238
Greater Mole Ratp. 239
Lesser Mole Ratp. 240
Wood Lemmingp. 240
Norway Lemmingp. 241
Ruddy Volep. 242
Grey-sided Volep. 242
Bank Volep. 243
Balkan Snow Volep. 245
Southern Water Volep. 246
Northern Water Volep. 246
Muskratp. 248
Alpine Pine Volep. 249
Mediterranean Pine Volep. 250
Savi's Pine Volep. 250
Common Pine Volep. 251
Root Volep. 251
Field Volep. 252
Snow Volep. 254
Cabrera's Volep. 254
Gunther's Volep. 255
Common Volep. 256
Sibling Volep. 257
Harvest Mousep. 257
Rock Mousep. 258
Pygmy Field Mousep. 259
Wood Mousep. 259
Yellow-necked Mousep. 262
Striped Field Mousep. 263
Brown Ratp. 263
Black Ratp. 267
Steppe Mousep. 269
Algerian Mousep. 270
House Mousep. 270
Spiny Mousep. 274
Mouse-tailed Dormousep. 274
Edible Dormousep. 275
Forest Dormousep. 276
Garden Dormousep. 276
Common Dormousep. 277
Northern Birch Mousep. 278
Southern Birch Mousep. 279
Crested Porcupinep. 279
Coypup. 281
Lagomorphsp. 284
Brown Harep. 284
Mountain Harep. 287
Rabbitp. 289
Glossaryp. 292
Bibliographyp. 303
Indexp. 307

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