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 mammalian fauna. But many of these animals can be secretive, shy, and nocturnal, and observing them in the wild can be difficult. During the last 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, watching them in their natural habitats. The only book to present all the state's mammals together in one accessible field guide. Mammals of California is now completely revised and updated throughout, making it an ideal companion in the field or classroom.
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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: 788,719
  • 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

Acknowledgments xi
Maps xii
Mammal Ecology 1
Introduction 2
Studying Mammals 3
Origins of Mammals 16
Reproduction 25
Social Groups 36
Population Fluctuations 40
Thermoregulation 44
Seasonal Dormancy 48
Senses 52
Migration and Movements 61
Mammals and California Society 71
Food of Mammals 95
Identification of Mammals 101
Species Accounts 107
Marsupialia (Metatheria) 108
Opossums (Didelphidae) 109
Insectivora 112
Shrews (Soricidae) 112
Moles (Talpidae) 124
Chiroptera 129
Flight 130
Echolocation 132
Reproduction 132
Leaf-nosed Bats (Phyllostomidae) 133
Vesper Bats (Vespertilionidae) 136
Free-tailed Bats (Molossidae) 154
Carnivora 160
Dogs, Foxes, and Allies (Canidae) 161
Bears (Ursidae) 170
Raccoons and Ringtails (Procyonidae) 173
Weasels, Marten, Skunks, and Allies (Mustelidae) 176
Cats (Felidae) 194
Pinnipeds (Pinnipedia) 199
Sea Lions or Eared Seals (Otariidae) 200
Seals (Phocidae) 206
Cetacea 209
Sperm Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises (Odontoceti) 211
Dolphins and Allies (Delphinidae) 211
Porpoises (Phocoenidae) 220
Sperm Whales (Physeteridae) 222
Beaked Whales (Ziphiidae) 224
Whalebone Whales or Baleen Whales (Mysticeti) 227
Gray Whale (Eschrichtidae) 227
Rorquals (Balaenopteridae) 228
Right Whales (Balaenidae) 233
Perissodactyla 235
Horses (Equidae) 235
Artiodactyla 238
Pigs (Suidae) 239
Deer (Cervidae) 241
Sheep, Goats, and Cattle (Bovidae) 249
Rodentia 253
Porcupine (Erethizontidae) 254
Mountain Beaver (Aplodontidae) 256
Squirrels (Sciuridae) 258
Beavers (Castoridae) 285
Jumping Mice (Dipodidae) 287
Pocket Gophers, Kangaroo Rats, Kangaroo Mice, and Pocket Mice (Geomyidae) 289
Rats, Mice, Voles, and Allies (Muridae) 322
Lagomorpha 358
Pikas (Ochotonidae) 358
Rabbits and Hares (Leporidae) 360
Glossary 369
References 385
Index 397
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