Mammals of South America, Volume 1: Marsupials, Xenarthrans, Shrews, and Bats (Google eBook)

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Alfred L. Gardner
University of Chicago Press, Sep 15, 2008 - Science - 690 pages
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The vast terrain between Panama and Tierra del Fuego contains some of the world’s richest mammalian fauna, but until now it has lacked a comprehensive systematic reference to the identification, distribution, and taxonomy of its mammals. The first such book of its kind and the inaugural volume in a three-part series, Mammals of South America both summarizes existing information and encourages further research of the mammals indigenous to the region.  Containing identification keys and brief descriptions of each order, family, and genus, the first volume of Mammals of South America covers marsupials, shrews, armadillos, sloths, anteaters, and bats. Species accounts include taxonomic descriptions, synonymies, keys to identification, distributions with maps and a gazetteer of marginal localities, lists of recognized subspecies, brief summaries of natural history information, and discussions of issues related to taxonomic interpretations.Highly anticipated and much needed, this book will be a landmark contribution to mammalogy, zoology, tropical biology, and conservation biology.
  

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Contents

Taxonomic Accounts
1
Literature Cited
485
Gazetteer
581
List of Taxa
629

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About the author (2008)

Alfred L. Gardner is Wildlife Biologist (Research), of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, stationed at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, where he is Curator of North American Mammals.

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