Mammals of California / Edition 2

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From river otters and minks to bobcats, pikas, and flying squirrels, California boasts a diverse and intriguing fauna. But many of these animals can be secretive, shy, and nocturnal and observing them in the wild can be difficult. During the past two decades, the first edition of this popular guide introduced thousands to California's mammals by describing techniques for recognizing their presence, and when possible, methods for watching them in their natural habitats. Mammals of California is now completely revised and updated throughout, making it an ideal companion in the field or classroom.

Includes 144 line drawings, 143 range maps, and 18 illustrated color plates

* Gives valuable overviews of mammal evolution, biology and anatomy, natural history, and conservation

* Features an expanded and updated section on diseases harbored by wild mammals that can affect humans—including Lyme disease and Hanta virus

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520235823
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/26/2004
  • Series: California Natural History Guides Series, #66
  • Edition description: First Edition, Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 790,541
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

E.W. Jameson, Jr., is Professor Emeritus of Zoology at the University of California, Davis, and author of Vertebrate Reproduction (1988) and Patterns of Vertebrate Biology (1981). Hans J. Peeters is Professor Emeritus of Biology and Zoology at Chabot College. His illustrations have appeared in Birds of North America (1997) as well as in several other bird guides, and he is author and illustrator of the forthcoming title Raptors of California (2005).

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Table of Contents



Studying Mammals
Origins of Mammals
Social Groups
Population Fluctuations
Seasonal Dormancy
Migration and Movements
Mammals and California Society
Food of Mammals
Identification of Mammals

Opossums (Didelphidae)


Shrews (Soricidae)
Moles (Talpidae)

Leaf-nosed Bats (Phyllostomidae)
Vesper Bats (Vespertilionidae)
Free-tailed Bats (Molossidae)

Dogs, Foxes, and Allies (Canidae)
Bears (Ursidae)
Raccoons and Ringtails (Procyonidae)
Weasels, Marten, Skunks, and Allies (Mustelidae)
Cats (Felidae)
Pinnipeds (Pinnipedia)
Sea Lions or Eared Seals (Otariidae)
Seals (Phocidae)

Sperm Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises (Odontoceti)
Dolphins and Allies (Delphinidae)
Porpoises (Phocoenidae)
Sperm Whales (Physeteridae)
Beaked Whales (Ziphiidae)
Whalebone Whales or Baleen Whales (Mysticeti)
Gray Whale (Eschrichtidae)
Rorquals (Balaenopteridae)
Right Whales (Balaenidae)

Horses (Equidae)

Pigs (Suidae)
Deer (Cervidae)
Sheep, Goats, and Cattle (Bovidae)

Porcupine (Erethizontidae)
Mountain Beaver (Aplodontidae)
Squirrels (Sciuridae)
Beavers (Castoridae)
Jumping Mice (Dipodidae)
Pocket Gophers, Kangaroo Rats, Kangaroo Mice, and Pocket Mice (Geomyidae)
Rats, Mice, Voles, and Allies (Muridae)

Pikas (Ochotonidae)
Rabbits and Hares (Leporidae)



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