Mammals of the Neotropics, Volume 1: The Northern Neotropics: Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana

Mammals of the Neotropics, Volume 1: The Northern Neotropics: Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana

by John F. Eisenberg, Sigrid J. Bonner, Fiona A. Reid
     
 

In recent decades, growing numbers of researchers have been drawn to the rich and highly threatened biotic diversity of the Neotropics, where mammals are among the most difficult animals to observe and study in detail. Mammals of the Neotropics fills the need for a comprehensive, up-to-date survey of existing knowledge of the area's wild mammals, both

Overview


In recent decades, growing numbers of researchers have been drawn to the rich and highly threatened biotic diversity of the Neotropics, where mammals are among the most difficult animals to observe and study in detail. Mammals of the Neotropics fills the need for a comprehensive, up-to-date survey of existing knowledge of the area's wild mammals, both terrestrial and marine. This first of three planned volumes covers the northern Neotropics, including southern Central America.

John Eisenberg, a leading researcher of Neotropical fauna, begins the volume with a discussion of historical biogeography and contemporary habitats of the northern Neotropics. Each of the chapters that follow presents a mammalian order, with data for all indigenous species. Eisenberg has provided physical descriptions and summaries of range and habitat for nearly 450 species. For those species that have been studied in the field or in captivity, additional notes on natural history are included. For the larger taxa, field keys to help to identify the specimens. Range maps, line drawings, and color plates supplement the text, further aiding identification.

Throughout the book, Eisenberg provides a larger context for the species descriptions. He comments on the diversity of forms within each order, places the Neotropical species in a worldwide geographical perspective, and reviews taxonomic questions and controversies. At the end of each chapter, an extensive bibliography directs readers to related articles on systematics, behavior, ecology, and evolution. Eisenberg concludes with chapters on speciation events and mammalian community ecology.

No comparable account of South and Central American mammals has ever been published in any language. This volume of Mammals of the Neotropics and the forthcoming companion volumes will be an invaluable reference for students and professionals and will help further the research that is so vital to conservation efforts.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
After an introduction to the history of biogeography and to the contemporary habitats of the region, each chapter covers an order of mammal, further arranged by family, genus, and species. Most chapters provide identification keys. Of the two final chapters, one examines speciation and faunal affinities, and the other, mammalian community ecology. Latin binomials are used throughout, but an index to common names is provided. Includes 21 plates of beautiful, detailed color and b&w drawings, distribution maps for every little mouse and bat, and drawings of skulls, teeth, and other identifying characteristics. Covers aquatic and maritime mammals, and those introduced by Europeans, except domestic animals. Intended for field researchers and graduate students. Planned as a 3-volume work. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226195391
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/15/1989
Pages:
550
Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 11.30(h) x 1.24(d)

Meet the Author


John F. Eisenberg is the Katharine Ordway Professor of Ecosystem Conservation at the Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida. He is the author of The Mammalian Radiations, also published by the University of Chicago Press, and a contributing editor of several books on animal behavior and ecology.

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