A Field Guide to the Mammals of Central America and Southeast Mexico / Edition 1

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1998 Trade paperback New. No dust jacket as issued. Never read and shows light shelf wear. (NHM110606) Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 456 p. Contains: Illustrations. ... Audience: General/trade. Read more Show Less

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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 professional biologists. 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, endangered status, 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.
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"This book is the very best news for anyone who is going to Central America and southeast Mexico to view or work with mammals. As a field biologist I cannot imagine a more important part of my field equipment than a really good field guie. Well, Fiona Reid's book is not just a 'really good' field guid, it's excellent. . . .Invaluable. . . .I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the mammals of Central America. The coverage is simply outstanding!" --Bat Research News

"This field guide is a major contribution to Central American mammalogy, field biology, and conservation as well as an essential field reference for that part of the world...Highly recommended."--Donald S. Heintzelman, Wildlife Activist

"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. The book is generously illustrated with 48 full-colour plates and numerous line drawings. The colour plates illustrate about 85% of the 349 species in the region. All large mammals are illustrated in colour, and different forms are included when a species varies with sex, age or geographic location. Particularly impressive are the portrayals of small mammals such as bats, rodents, and marsupials, most of which were painted directly from life by the author. Designed for use both by amateur naturalists and professional biologists, this guide provides accounts for all mammals native to the land and surrounding waters of Central America and Southeast Mexico (east of the Isthmus of Tehuantapec)."--Ethology Ecology & Evolution

"This book is an outstanding addition to the field guide genre for several reasons. First and foremost is that the author is an artist/naturalist who has personally captured and drawn or painted many of the small mammals described and illustrated in this book. Many of Reid's color plates sparkle with life because of her personal familiarity with dozens of species of bats and rodents. The illustrations are so realistic that one almost expects to see the ears of bats twitch and the vibrissae of rodents to wiggle! This book is worth purchasing for the 48 color plates alone. Other outstanding aspects include excellent advice about how and where to find shy, mostly nocturnal tropical mammals . . . and a 17-page bibliography that provides references to much of the literature on the ecology and behavior of neotropical mammals. . . . In summary, this book makes a fascinating and diverse fauna very accessible to both amateur and professional naturalists."--The Quarterly Review of Biology

"What the naturalists of the late 19th century would have made of today's field guides is anybody's guess. In the case of Fiona Reid's latest work, envious incredulity is a safe bet. In her Field Guide to the Mammals of Central America and Southeast Mexico . . . , she has not only produced masterful, elegant and accurate illustrations, but has written and researched a text which is concise, informative and scientifically precise. Covering the 346 mammals of the region, and with notes on habitat, diet, field signs and similar species, as well as clear distribution maps and good field keys, this guide is as good as they get."--New Scientist

"The book begins with a chapter on how to use the book and an introduction of discussing how to find mammals, studying mammals, the need for further research, where to find mammals, and the conservation of mammals in Central America. The main part of the guide consists of accounts of the orders, families, and species and the main part of the accounts consists of the species accounts. . .The text is further illustrated by line drawings, maps, and diagrams."--BIOSIS

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195064018
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Fiona Reid is Departmental Associate in the Mammalogy Department at the Royal Ontario Museum.

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Table of Contents

List of Color Plates

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