Walker's Mammals of the World, Volume 1

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Ronald M. Nowak
JHU Press, Apr 7, 1999 - Medical - 1936 pages
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From aardwolves and bandicoots to yapoks and zorillas, Ernest P. Walker's Mammals of the World is the most comprehensive—the pre-eminent—reference work on mammals. Now, completely revised and updated, this fascinating guide is better than ever. Providing a complete account of every genus of mammal in all historical time, the sixth edition is 25 percent longer than its predecessor. Of the previous generic accounts, 95 percent have been substantively modified, and there are 80 new ones—among them, three remarkable, large ungulates recently discovered in the forests of Indochina. New also is a full account of the woolly mammoth, now known to have survived until less than 4,000 years ago.

Each section of the book describes one genus and includes facts such as scientific and common names, the number and distribution of species, measurements and physical traits, habitat, locomotion, daily and seasonal activity, population dynamics, home range, social life, reproduction, and longevity. Textual summaries present accurate, well-documented descriptions of the physical characteristics and living habits of mammals in every part of the world. As in the last two editions, the names and distributions of every species of every genus are listed in systematic order. These lists have now been cross-checked to ensure coverage of all species in the comprehensive new Smithsonian guide, Mammal Species of the World. Facts on the biology of mammals have been brought together from more than 2,700 newly cited references, nearly all published in the last decade. Also new are the latest data on reproduction, longevity, fur harvests, numbers in the wild and in captivity, and conservation status. The sixth edition also records all official classifications of every mammal species and subspecies in the massive 1996 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals.

The illustrations—more than 1,700—include virtually every genus of mammal. Among them are pictures by such noted wildlife photographers as Leonard Lee Rue III, Bernhard Grzimek, David Pye, and Warren T. Houck. Mammals pictured here for the first time include the just-discovered giant muntjac deer of Viet Nam, a rodent known only from the Solomon Islands, a large fruit bat whose male suckles the young, and an extremely rare web-footed tenrec of Madagascar.

Since its publication in 1964, Walker's Mammals of the World has become a favorite guide to the natural world for general readers as well as an invaluable resource for professionals. This sixth edition represents more than half a century of scholarship—Ernest P. Walker himself devoted more than thirty years to the original project—and remains true to Walker's vision, smoothly combining thorough scholarship with a popular, readable style to preserve and enhance what the Washington Post called "a landmark of zoological literature."

  

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Contents

Seals Sea Lions and Walrus
837
Walrus
862
Whales Dolphins and Porpoises
896
Porpoises
911
Beaked Whales
946
Gray Whale
959
Dugong Sea Cow and Manatees
982
Oddtoed Ungulates Hoofed Mammals
1007
African Molerats or Blesmols
1635
Dassie Rat
1649
Pacarana
1663
Pacas
1676
Hutias
1703
Pikas Mouse Hares or Conies
1716
Macroscelididae Elephant Shrews
1739
Foreword by Don E Wilson xi
1751

Tapirs
1025
ProcawIdaeHyraxes or Dassies
1041
Musk Deer 1089
1051
Peccaries
1063
Chevrotains or Mouse Deer
1081
Deer
1091
Pronghom
1132
Manidae Pangolins or Scaly Anteaters
1239
Beavers
1306
Birch Mice Jumping Mice and Jerboas
1327
Rats Mice Hamsters Voles Lemmings and Gerbils
1344
Scalytailed Squirrels
1617
Insectivores 169
1765
Mammals 1
1773
Tupaiidae Tree Shrews 244
1783
Monotremes 7
1802
Slitfaced Bats or Hollowfaced Bats 322
1855
Wallabies and Kangaroos 103
1875
Primates 490
1889
Feathertailed Possums 144
1916
Index
1921
Baboon Lemurs 531
1922
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Ernest P. Walker (1891-1969) began work on Mammals of the World in the early 1930s, when he became assistant director of the National Zoo in Washington. His work reflected an unequaled store of knowledge about the world's mammals. Ronald M. Nowak was senior author of the fourth edition and author of the fifth edition of Walker's Mammals of the World. His other works on mammalogy include North American Quaternary Canis and several parts of the National Geographic Society's Wild Animals of North America, for which he also was editorial consultant. He received a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Kansas in 1973 and was staff mammalogist at the former Office of Endangered Species, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, from 1974 to 1987. He served as an Air Force officer for four years and is a private pilot.

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