Mammals of Trans-Pecos Texas: Including Big Bend National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Mammals of Trans-Pecos Texas: Including Big Bend National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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Mammals of Trans-Pecos Texas: Including Big Bend National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park by David J. Schmidly, Chester O. Martin

Ninety-six species of mammals are native to the Trans-Pecos region of Texas--that portion of the state which lies west of the Pecos River and contains the main representation of the Chihuahuan Desert in the United States in addition to Texas' only true mountains. The greatly varied terrain, climate, and vegetation of the Trans-Pecos make its mammal life exceptionally varied as well. In the region may be found mammals ranging from tiny shrews to great elks, from bats to aquatic beavers and muskrats, from desert-dwelling kangaroo rats to forest-loving chipmunks, and from timid mice and rats to predatory cougars and coyotes.

The Mammals of Trans-Pecos Texas is intended to provide a guide to the identification of these animals and to summarize important facts about their lives. Nearly every species is illustrated with accurate, detailed pen-and-ink drawings by artist Chester O. Martin. The account of each species in the text is arranged to contain (1) a brief description of the mammal, with emphasis on its distinguishing features and size; (2) the geographic distribution of the species, with reference to an accompanying distribution map; and (3) a discussion of some of the basic life history of the mammal, including habitat preferences, reproduction, and food habits.

In order to benefit the layman as well as the professional biologist, easy-to-follow mammalian orders, families, and species are provided

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585440269
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication date: 12/19/1977
Series: W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series , #2
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
1.Description of the Area3
2.Mammalian Habitats and Factors Influencing Distribution12
3.Checklist of Trans-Pecos Mammals19
4.Key to the Orders of Mammals of the Trans-Pecos23
5.Accounts of Species24
Order Marsupialia (Marsupials)24
Order Insectivora (Moles and Shrews)25
Order Chiroptera (Bats)27
Order Edentata (Armadillos)57
Order Lagomorpha (Rabbits and Hares)59
Order Rodentia (Rodents)65
Order Carnivora (Carnivores)129
Order Artiodactyla (Even-toed Ungulates)159
Appendix I.Specimens Examined and Additional Records173
Appendix II.Plants Named in the Text207
Glossary210
Literature Cited213
Index219

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