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Mammals of Europe


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, ...

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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

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What People Are Saying

A fine book. The illustrations are superb! The text is also a cause for enthusiasm, being much longer and richer than in most field guides, clearly written, and up to date.
Robert S. Hoffmann, Smithsonian Institution
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691091600
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 12/26/2001
  • Series: Princeton Field Guides Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 6
How to use this book 10
Marsupials 19
Red-necked Wallaby 20
Insectivores 21
Western Hedgehog 22
Eastern Hedgehog 24
Algerian Hedgehog 25
Least Shrew 25
Appenine Shrew 26
Common Shrew 26
Pygmy Shrew 28
Dusky Shrew 29
Masked Shrew 30
Alpine Shrew 30
Millet's Shrew 31
Spanish Shrew 31
Water Shrew 32
Miller's Water Shrew 33
Bi-coloured White-toothed Shrew 34
Lesser White-toothed Shrew 35
Greater White-toothed Shrew 36
Pygmy White-toothed Shrew 37
Pyrenean Desman 38
Blind Mole 39
Common Mole 40
Roman Mole 42
Chiroptera 43
Egyptian Slit Faced Bat 46
Lesser Horseshoe Bat 47
Mediterranean Horseshoe Bat 49
Blasius' Horseshoe Bat 50
Greater Horseshoe Bat 50
Mehely's Horseshoe Bat 52
Whiskered Bat 53
Brandt's Bat 55
Daubenton's Bat 56
Long-fingered Bat 58
Pond Bat 59
Natterer's Bat 60
Geoffroy's Bat 61
Bechstein's Bat 62
Nathalina Bat 63
Greater Mouse-eared Bat 64
Lesser Mouse-eared Bat 65
Common Pipistrelle 66
Nathusius' Pipistrelle 69
Kuhl's Pipistrelle 70
Savi's Pipistrelle 72
Leisler's Bat 72
Noctule 74
Greater Noctule 75
Serotine Bat 76
Northern Bat 78
Parti-coloured Bat 79
Hoary Bat 80
Barbastelle Bat 81
Grey Long- Eared Bat 82
Brown Long-eared Bat 83
Schreiber's Bat 85
European Free-tailed Bat 86
Primates 88
Barbary Macaque 89
Carnivores 90
Wolf 92
Golden Jackal 93
Arctic Fox 94
Red Fox 96
Raccoon Dog 101
Polar Bear 103
Brown Bear 105
Raccoon 107
Stoat 109
Weasel 111
European Mink 113
American Mink 114
Steppe Polecat 116
Western Polecat 117
Marbled Polecat 118
Pine Marten 119
Beech Marten 122
Sable 123
Wolverine 124
Eurasian Badger 126
Otter 129
Common Genet 131
Egyptian Mongoose 132
Indian Grey Mongoose 133
Wildcat 133
Lynx 136
Pardel Lynx 137
Pinnipeds 139
Walrus 140
Harp Seal 142
Ringed Seal 144
Common Seal 146
Grey Seal 148
Bearded Seal 150
Mediterranean Monk Seal 151
Hooded Seal 152
Cetacea 155
Rough-toothed Dolphin 161
Striped Dolphin 162
Atlantic Spotted Dolphin 162
Common Dolphin 163
Bottle-nose Dolphin 165
White-beaked Dolphin 166
Atlantic White-sided Dolphin 166
False Killer Whale 167
Killer Whale 168
Risso's Dolphin 169
Long-finned Pilot Whale 170
Harbour Porpoise 171
Beluga 172
Narwhal 173
Pygmy Sperm Whale 174
Dwarf Sperm Whale 176
Sperm Whale 176
Gervais' Beaked Whale 179
Blainville's Beaked Whale 179
True's Beaked Whale 180
Sowerby's Beaked Whale 181
Gray's Beaked Whale 181
Cuvier's Beaked Whale 182
Northern Bottle-nosed Whale 183
Blue Whale 184
Fin Whale 185
Sei Whale 186
Minke Whale 187
Humpback Whale 188
Bowhead Whale 191
Northern Right Whale 191
Artiodactyla 193
Wild Pig 196
Chinese Water Deer 198
Reeves' Muntjac 199
Red Deer 200
Sika Deer 203
Fallow Deer 204
Axis Deer 206
Elk 207
Reindeer 208
White-tailed Deer 209
Roe Deer 211
Bison 214
Chamois 214
Musk Ox 216
Alpine Ibex 217
Spanish Ibex 218
Cretan Wild Goat 219
Mouflon 220
Rodents 222
Grey Squirrel 224
Persian Squirrel 226
Red Squirrel 226
Alpine Marmot 228
Spotted Souslik 230
European Souslik 231
Siberian Chipmunk 231
Flying Squirrel 232
European Beaver 233
Canadian Beaver 235
Common Hamster 236
Grey Hamster 237
Romanian Hamster 238
Greater Mole Rat 239
Lesser Mole Rat 240
Wood Lemming 240
Norway Lemming 241
Ruddy Vole 242
Grey-sided Vole 242
Bank Vole 243
Balkan Snow Vole 245
Southern Water Vole 246
Northern Water Vole 246
Muskrat 248
Alpine Pine Vole 249
Mediterranean Pine Vole 250
Savi's Pine Vole 250
Common Pine Vole 251
Root Vole 251
Field Vole 252
Snow Vole 254
Cabrera's Vole 254
Gunther's Vole 255
Common Vole 256
Sibling Vole 257
Harvest Mouse 257
Rock Mouse 258
Pygmy Field Mouse 259
Wood Mouse 259
Yellow-necked Mouse 262
Striped Field Mouse 263
Brown Rat 263
Black Rat 267
Steppe Mouse 269
Algerian Mouse 270
House Mouse 270
Spiny Mouse 274
Mouse-tailed Dormouse 274
Edible Dormouse 275
Forest Dormouse 276
Garden Dormouse 276
Common Dormouse 277
Northern Birch Mouse 278
Southern Birch Mouse 279
Crested Porcupine 279
Coypu 281
Lagomorphs 284
Brown Hare 284
Mountain Hare 287
Rabbit 289
Glossary 292
Bibliography 303
Index 307
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