A Field Guide to the Mammals of Central America and Southeast Mexico

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9780195064001: A Field Guide to the Mammals of Central America and Southeast Mexico

This is the first comprehensive field guide to the mammals of Central America, one of the most diverse and species-rich regions in the world. Generously illustrated with 48 full-color plates and many drawings, the book is designed for use both by amateur naturalists and professional biologists. The guide provides accounts for all mammals native to the land and surrounding waters of Central America and southeast Mexico. Detailed accounts include complete descriptions, measurements, range maps, and comparisons with similar species. The entire distribution, habitat, endangered status, and behaviors are also described, with sources of scientific references. For travelers to the region, a guide to the major parks and preserves is provided, with lists of the animals likely to found in each.

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About the Author:

Fiona A. Reid, Departmental Associate in Mammalogy, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.

Review:

"This book is an outstanding addition to the field guide genre for several reasons. First and foremost is that the author is an artist/naturalist who has personally captured and drawn or painted many of the small mammals described and illustrated in this book. Many of Reid's color plates
sparkle with life because of her personal familiarity with dozens of species of bats and rodents. The illustrations are so realistic that one almost expects to see the ears of bats twitch and the vibrissae of rodents to wiggle! This book is worth purchasing for the 48 color plates alone. Other
outstanding aspects include excellent advice about how and where to find shy, mostly nocturnal tropical mammals . . . and a 17-page bibliography that provides references to much of the literature on the ecology and behavior of neotropical mammals. . . . In summary, this book makes a fascinating and
diverse fauna very accessible to both amateur and professional naturalists."--The Quarterly Review of Biology

"This book is the very best news for anyone who is going to Central America and southeast Mexico to view or work with mammals. As a field biologist I cannot imagine a more important part of my field equipment than a really good field guide. Well, Fiona Reid's book is not just a 'really good'
field guide, it's excellent. . . . In February 1998 I was doing field work with bats in the northeastern corner of Costa Rica . . . [O]ne of our group brought along a copy of Fiona's book. Waiting for the flight to leave I was drawn to the illustrations . . . [T]he book provided invaluable text and
illustrations which facilitated our field identifications. . . . There are 48 colour plates in the book . . . The range maps are very well done and more general maps show basic habitat types as well as political boundaries. . . . I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the
mammals of Central America. The coverage is simply outstanding!"--Bat Research News

"This is the first comprehensive field guide to the mammals of Central America, one of the most diverse and species-rich regions in the world. The book is generously illustrated with 48 full-colour plates and numerous line drawings. The colour plates illustrate about 85% of the 349 species in
the region. All large mammals are illustrated in colour, and different forms are included when a species varies with sex, age or geographic location. Particularly impressive are the portrayals of small mammals such as bats, rodents, and marsupials, most of which were painted directly from life by
the author. Designed for use both by amateur naturalists and professional biologists, this guide provides accounts for all mammals native to the land and surrounding waters of Central America and Southeast Mexico (east of the Isthmus of Tehuantapec)."--Ethology Ecology and Evolution

"This field guide is a major contribution to Central American mammalogy, field biology, and conservation as well as an essential field reference for that part of the world...Highly recommended."--Donald S. Heintzelman, Wildlife Activist

"What the naturalists of the late 19th century would have made of today's field guides is anybody's guess. In the case of Fiona Reid's latest work, envious incredulity is a safe bet. In her Field Guide to the Mammals of Central America and Southeast Mexico . . . , she has not only produced
masterful, elegant and accurate illustrations, but has written and researched a text which is concise, informative and scientifically precise. Covering the 346 mammals of the region, and with notes on habitat, diet, field signs and similar species, as well as clear distribution maps and good field
keys, this guide is as good as they get."--New Scientist

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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, USA, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0195064003

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