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Overview

The Mammals of Texas has been the standard reference since the first edition was authored by William B. Davis in 1947. Revised several times over the succeeding decades, it remains the most authoritative source of information on the mammalian wildlife of Texas.

This new edition has been thoroughly updated and expanded from the previous one in 1994. Of particular importance are the changes it records in species status and distribution. New materials in this edition include lists of subspecies, a brief description of the conservation status of each species, and an expanded introductory section that discusses historical changes in Texas mammals and the history of mammalogy in Texas. The book also contains a thorough overview of the mammals of Texas, abundant photographs and drawings, distribution maps, physical descriptions, and life histories for 184 species of mammals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292702417
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Series: Corrie Herring Hooks Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 501
  • Sales rank: 1,400,007
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID J. SCHMIDLY has been studying the mammals of Texas since 1972 and has written several books on Texas mammals and Texas natural history. Currently he serves as President and CEO of Oklahoma State University.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Texas Mammals
Diversity of Land Mammals
Geographic Distribution of Land Mammals
Mammals of the Barrier Islands of Texas
Diversity of Mammals in the Coastal Waters and Gulf of Mexico
Historical Changes in the Texas Mammal Fauna
History of Mammalogy in Texas
Conservation Strategies
Key to the Major Groups (Orders) of Mammals in Texas
Order Didelphimorphia (opossums and allies)
Family Didelphidae (opossums)
Virginia Opossum, Didelphis virginiana
Order Xenarthra (armadillos, sloths, and allies)
Family Dasypodidae (armadillos)
Nine-banded Armadillo, Dasypus novemcinctus
Order Insectivora (shrews and moles)
Key to the Insectivores of Texas
Family Soricidae (shrews)
Southern Short-tailed Shrew, Blarina carolinensis
Elliot’s Short-tailed Shrew, Blarina hylophaga
Least Shrew, Cryptotis parva
Desert Shrew, Notiosorex crawfordi
Family Talpidae (moles)
Eastern Mole, Scalopus aquaticus
Order Chiroptera (bats)
Key to the Bats of Texas
Family Mormoopidae (mormoopid bats)
Ghost-faced Bat, Mormoops megalophylla
Family Phyllostomidae (leaf-nosed bats)
Mexican Long-tongued Bat, Choeronycteris mexicana
Mexican Long-nosed Bat, Leptonycteris nivalis
Hairy-legged Vampire Bat, Diphylla ecaudata
Family Vespertilionidae (vespertilionid bats)
Southeastern Myotis, Myotis austroriparius
California Myotis, Myotis californicus
Western Small-footed Myotis, Myotis ciliolabrum
Southwestern Little Brown Bat, Myotis occultus
Northern Long-eared Myotis, Myotis septentrionalis
Fringed Myotis, Myotis thysanodes
Cave Myotis, Myotis velifer
Long-legged Myotis, Myotis volans
Yuma Myotis, Myotis yumanensis
Western Red Bat, Lasiurus blossevillii
Eastern Red Bat, Lasiurus borealis
Hoary Bat, Lasiurus cinereus
Southern Yellow Bat, Lasiurus ega
Northern Yellow Bat, Lasiurus intermedius
Seminole Bat, Lasiurus seminolus
Western Yellow Bat, Lasiurus xanthinus
Silver-haired Bat, Lasionycteris noctivagans
Western Pipistrelle, Pipistrellus hesperus
Eastern Pipistrelle, Pipistrellus subflavus
Big Brown Bat, Eptesicus fuscus
Evening Bat, Nycticeius humeralis
Spotted Bat, Euderma maculatum
Rafinesque’s Big-eared Bat, Corynorhinus rafinesquii
Townsend’s Big-eared Bat, Corynorhinus townsendii
Pallid Bat, Antrozous pallidus
Family Molossidae (free-tailed bats)
Brazilian Free-tailed Bat, Tadarida brasiliensis
Pocketed Free-tailed Bat, Nyctinomops femorosaccus
Big Free-tailed Bat, Nyctinomops macrotis
Western Mastiff Bat, Eumops perotis
Order Carnivora (carnivores)
Key to the Carnivores of Texas
Family Canidae (canids)
Coyote, Canis latrans
Gray Wolf, Canis lupus
Red Wolf, Canis rufus
Swift or Kit Fox, Vulpes velox
*Red Fox, Vulpes vulpes
Common Gray Fox, Urocyon cinereoargenteus
Family Ursidae (bears)
American Black Bear, Ursus americanus
Grizzly or Brown Bear, Ursus arctos
Family Procyonidae (procyonids)
Ringtail, Bassariscus astutus
Northern Raccoon, Procyon lotor
White-nosed Coati, Nasua narica
Family Mustelidae (mustelids)
Long-tailed Weasel, Mustela frenata
Black-footed Ferret, Mustela nigripes
American Mink, Mustela vison
American Badger, Taxidea taxus
Northern River Otter, Lontra canadensis
Family Mephitidae (mephitids)
Western Spotted Skunk, Spilogale gracilis
Eastern Spotted Skunk, Spilogale putorius
Hooded Skunk, Mephitis macroura
Striped Skunk, Mephitis mephitis
Hog-nosed Skunk, Conepatus leuconotus
Family Felidae (cats)
Mountain Lion, Puma concolor
Ocelot, Leopardus pardalis
Margay, Leopardus wiedii
Jaguarundi, Herpailurus yaguarondi
Bobcat, Lynx rufus
Jaguar, Panthera onca
Suborder Pinnipedia (seals, walruses, and allies)
Family Phocidae (earless seals)
West Indian Monk Seal, Monachus tropicalis
Order Cetacea (whales, porpoises, and dolphins)
Key to the Whales and Dolphins of the Texas Coast
Family Balaenidae (right whales)
Northern Right Whale, Eubalaena glacialis
Family Balaenopteridae (rorquals or baleen whales)
Minke Whale, Balaenoptera acutorostrata
Sei Whale, Balaenoptera borealis
Bryde’s Whale, Balaenoptera edeni
Blue Whale, Balaenoptera musculus
Fin Whale, Balaenoptera physalus
Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Family Physeteridae (sperm whale)
Sperm Whale, Physeter macrocephalus
Family Kogiidae (pygmy and dwarf sperm whales)
Pygmy Sperm Whale, Kogia breviceps
Dwarf Sperm Whale, Kogia sima
Family Ziphiidae (beaked whales)
Cuvier’s Beaked Whale, Ziphius cavirostris
Blainville’s Beaked Whale, Mesoplodon densirostris
Gervais's Beaked Whale, Mesoplodon europaeus
Family Delphinidae (toothed whales and dolphins)
Killer Whale, Orcinus orca
Short-finned Pilot Whale, Globicephala macrorhynchus
False Killer Whale, Pseudorca crassidens
Pygmy Killer Whale, Feresa attenuata
Melon-headed Whale, Peponocephala electra
Rough-toothed Dolphin, Steno bredanensis
Risso’s Dolphin, Grampus griseus
Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin, Stenella attenuata
Clymene Dolphin, Stenella clymene
Striped Dolphin, Stenella coeruleoalba
Atlantic Spotted Dolphin, Stenella frontalis
Spinner Dolphin, Stenella longirostris
Fraser’s Dolphin, Lagenodelphis hosei
Order Sirenia (manatees and allies)
Family Trichechidae (manatees)
West Indian Manatee, Trichechus manatus
Order Artiodactyla (even-toed ungulates)
Key to the Even-toed Ungulates of Texas
Family Suidae (pigs)
*Feral Pig, Sus scrofa
Family Tayassuidae (peccaries)
Collared Peccary, Pecari tajacu
Family Cervidae (cervids)
*Axis Deer, Cervus axis
*Fallow Deer, Cervus dama
Elk, Cervus elaphus
*Sika Deer, Cervus nippon
Mule Deer, Odocoileus hemionus
White-tailed Deer, Odocoileus virginianus
Family Antilocapridae (pronghorn)
Pronghorn, Antilocapra americana
Family Bovidae (bovids)
*Nilgai, Boselaphus tragocamelus
American Bison, Bos bison
Bighorn Sheep, Ovis canadensis
*Barbary Sheep or Aoudad, Ammotragus lervia
*Blackbuck, Antilope cervicapra
Order Rodentia (rodents)
Key to the Rodents of Texas
Family Sciuridae (squirrels and allies)
Gray-footed Chipmunk, Tamias canipes
Texas Antelope Squirrel, Ammospermophilus interpres
Mexican Ground Squirrel, Spermophilus mexicanus
Spotted Ground Squirrel, Spermophilus spilosoma
Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel, Spermophilus tridecemlineatus
Rock Squirrel, Spermophilus variegatus
Black-tailed Prairie Dog, Cynomys ludovicianus
Eastern Gray Squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis
Eastern Fox Squirrel, Sciurus niger
Southern Flying Squirrel, Glaucomys volans
Family Geomyidae (pocket gophers)
Botta’s Pocket Gopher, Thomomys bottae
Desert Pocket Gopher, Geomys arenarius
Attwater’s Pocket Gopher, Geomys attwateri
Baird’s Pocket Gopher, Geomys breviceps
Plains Pocket Gopher, Geomys bursarius
Jones’s Pocket Gopher, Geomys knoxjonesi
Texas Pocket Gopher, Geomys personatus
Strecker’s Pocket Gopher, Geomys streckeri
Llano Pocket Gopher, Geomys texensis
Yellow-faced Pocket Gopher, Cratogeomys castanops
Family Heteromyidae (pocket mice and kangaroo rats)
Plains Pocket Mouse, Perognathus flavescens
Silky Pocket Mouse, Perognathus flavus
Merriam’s Pocket Mouse, Perognathus merriami
Chihuahuan Desert Pocket Mouse, Chaetodipus eremicus
Hispid Pocket Mouse, Chaetodipus hispidus
Rock Pocket Mouse, Chaetodipus intermedius
Nelson’s Pocket Mouse, Chaetodipus nelsoni
Gulf Coast Kangaroo Rat, Dipodomys compactus
Texas Kangaroo Rat, Dipodomys elator
Merriam’s Kangaroo Rat, Dipodomys merriami
Ord’s Kangaroo Rat, Dipodomys ordii
Banner-tailed Kangaroo Rat, Dipodomys spectabilis
Mexican Spiny Pocket Mouse, Liomys irroratus
Family Castoridae (beavers)
American Beaver, Castor canadensis
Family Muridae (mice and rats)
Coues's Rice Rat, Oryzomys couesi
Marsh Rice Rat, Oryzomys palustris
Fulvous Harvest Mouse, Reithrodontomys fulvescens
Eastern Harvest Mouse, Reithrodontomys humulis
Western Harvest Mouse, Reithrodontomys megalotis
Plains Harvest Mouse, Reithrodontomys montanus
Texas Mouse, Peromyscus attwateri
Brush Mouse, Peromyscus boylii
Cactus Mouse, Peromyscus eremicus
Cotton Mouse, Peromyscus gossypinus
White-footed Mouse, Peromyscus leucopus
Deer Mouse, Peromyscus maniculatus
Northern Rock Mouse, Peromyscus nasutus
White-ankled Mouse, Peromyscus pectoralis
Pinyon Mouse, Peromyscus truei
Golden Mouse, Ochrotomys nuttalli
Northern Pygmy Mouse, Baiomys taylori
Mearns's Grasshopper Mouse, Onychomys arenicola
Northern Grasshopper Mouse, Onychomys leucogaster
Tawny-bellied Cotton Rat, Sigmodon fulviventer
Hispid Cotton Rat, Sigmodon hispidus
Yellow-nosed Cotton Rat, Sigmodon ochrognathus
Eastern Woodrat, Neotoma floridana
Eastern White-throated Woodrat, Neotoma leucodon
Mexican Woodrat, Neotoma mexicana
Southern Plains Woodrat, Neotoma micropus
*Norway Rat, Rattus norvegicus
*Roof Rat, Rattus rattus
*House Mouse, Mus musculus
Mexican Vole, Microtus mexicanus
Prairie Vole, Microtus ochrogaster
Woodland Vole, Microtus pinetorum
Muskrat, Ondatra zibethicus
Family Erethizontidae (New World porcupines)
North American Porcupine, Erethizon dorsatum
Family Myocastoridae (myocastorids)
*Nutria, Myocastor coypus
Order Lagomorpha (hares and rabbits)
Key to the Hares and Rabbits of Texas
Family Leporidae (hares and rabbits)
Swamp Rabbit, Sylvilagus aquaticus
Desert Cottontail, Sylvilagus audubonii
Eastern Cottontail, Sylvilagus floridanus
Davis Mountains Cottontail, Sylvilagus robustus
Black-tailed Jackrabbit, Lepus californicus
Appendix 1. The measurement system.
Appendix 2. Observing and collecting mammals.
Appendix 3. Selected references on mammals from Texas and adjoining states.
Appendix 4. Scientific names.
Appendix 5. Mammalian Species accounts available for Texas mammals.
Appendix 6. Standard measurements of study specimens.
Appendix 7. Basis for distribution of species.
Glossary
Index
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