The Wild Mammals of Missouri

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University of Missouri Press, 2001 - Nature - 368 pages
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Prepared by two of Missouri's most distinguished conservationists, The Wild Mammals of Missouri has been the definitive guide to mammals of this state for over forty years. Now the University of Missouri Press is pleased to release an updated edition, revised by Elizabeth R. Schwartz, reflecting the changes in Missouri's mammalian fauna and including the latest taxonomic revisions.

Maintaining the original's successful format and the language that made the book accessible to both professional and lay readers, the revised edition incorporates throughout new knowledge of the various species of mammals of Missouri. Most notable is the addition of a new resident species, the nine-banded armadillo. Several other taxonomic and distributional changes are reflected and the range maps have been revised to show significant changes.

Charles Schwartz's meticulously rendered drawings capture the spirit of his subjects while remaining technically accurate. These drawings range from fully rendered portraits to illustrations of dentition and skulls, tracks, and other identifying characteristics, to vignettes showing the mammals engaged in characteristic behaviors. Also included in this volume are discussions of all biological and ecological aspects of the mammals including distribution and abundance, habitat and home, habits, food, reproduction, adversities faced, and conservation and management concerns.

The Schwartzes' lifelong dedication to state and national conservation and their vast biological knowledge are apparent throughout the pages of this attractive reference guide. People of all ages and backgrounds will find The Wild Mammals of Missouri an invaluable guide to the study of Missouri's mammals.

 

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Excellent, purely excellent!
Thorough, yet in common language, easy for the average reader to understand. Detailed categories for each variety of squirrel are laid out and the read is smooth and unpunctuated.
Thank you for this wonderful peek into the life of squirrels in Missouri!

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This book is one of the most informative and direct that I have ever read. It was simply amazing! I would strongly reccomend this book for any mammal information needed that live in Missouri. Hands down on any project, it would be one of the best--if not the best source on your bibliography. Add this one on to your list of excellent books that I need to take the time to look at list! It should be #1 on that list because it is a must read for any project or curious mind! 

Contents

Introducing the Mammals
1
Pouched Mammals Order Marsupialia
22
Species Illustrations 1 Opossum Didelphis virginiana
23
Opossum Development
27
InsectEating Mammals Order Insectivora
30
Masked Shrew Sorex cinereus
32
Southeastern Shrew Sorex longirostris
35
Northern ShortTailed Shrew Blarina brevicauda
38
Beaver Castor canadensis
185
Marsh Rice Rat Oryzomys palustris
193
Western Harvest Mouse Reithrodontomys megalotis
197
Fulvous Harvest Mouse Reithrodontomys fulvescens
201
Deer Mouse Peromyscus maniculatus
202
WhiteFooted Mouse Peromyscus leucopus
210
Golden Mouse Ochrotomys nuttalli
215
Hispid Cotton Rat Sigmodon hispidus
218

Least Shrew Cryptotis parva
44
Eastern Mole Scalopus aquaticus
49
34
54
Little Brown Bat Myotis lucifugus
58
How to Distinguish Certain Species of Myotis by the Hind Foot and Fur
60
Gray Bat Myotis grisescens
67
How to Distinguish Certain Species of Myotis
73
SilverHaired Bat Lasionycteris noctivagans
79
Eastern Pipistrelle Pipistrellus subflavus
82
Big Brown Bat Eptcsicusfuscus
85
Red Bat Lasiurus borealis
89
Hoary Bat Lasiurus cinereus
92
Evening Bat Nycticeius humeralis
95
Townsends BigEared Bat Corynorhinus
97
townsendii
98
Brazilian FreeTailed Bat Tadarida brasiliensis
104
StrangeJointed Mammals Order Xenarthra
106
NineBanded Armadillo
107
Dasypus novemcinctus
108
Eastern Cottontail Rabbit Sylvilagus floridanus
112
Swamp Rabbit Sylvilagus aquaticus
122
BlackTailed Jackrabbit Lepus californicus
126
Gnawing Mammals Order Rodentia
131
Eastern Chipmunk Tamias striatus
136
Woodchuck Marmota monax
142
ThirteenLined Ground Squirrel Spermophilus tridecemlineatus
148
Franklins Ground Squirrel Spermophilus
152
franklinii
153
Eastern Gray Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis
157
Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger
165
Southern Flying Squirrel Glaucomys volans
171
Plains Pocket Gopher Geomys bursarius
177
Plains Pocket Mouse Perognathusflavescens
183
Eastern Wood Rat Neotomafloridana
222
Meadow Vole Microtus pennsylvanicus
227
Prairie Vole Microtus ochrogaster
230
Woodland Vole Microtus pinetorum
235
Muskrat Ondatra zibethicus
240
Southern Bog Lemming Synaptomys cooperi
247
Black Rat Rattus rattus
251
Norway Rat Rattus norvegicus
253
House Mouse Mus musculus
259
Meadow Jumping Mouse Zapus hudsonius
263
Key to the Species by Whole Adult Animals
269
Coyote Canis latrans
272
Red Fox Vulpes vulpes
279
Gray Fox Urocyon cinereoargenteus
285
Bears Family Ursidae
287
Black Bear Ursus americanus
289
Raccoon Procyon lotor
294
Weasels and Allies Family Mustelidae
299
Least Weasel Mustela nivalis
301
LongTailed Weasel Mustela frenata
304
Mink Mustela vison
309
Badger Taxidea taxus
314
River Otter Lontra canadensis
320
Skunks Family Mephitidae
324
Eastern Spotted Skunk Spilogale pu torius
326
Striped Skunk Mephitis mephitis
330
Cats Family Felidae
335
Mountain Lion Puma concolor
337
Bobcat Lynx rufus
341
EvenToed Hoofed Mammals
345
WhiteTailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus
348
Other Wild Mammals
361
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About the author (2001)

Charles W. Schwartz, who died in 1991, was with the Missouri Department of Conservation for forty years, serving as biologist, author, wildlife photographer, and wildlife artist. His illustrations for Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac are particularly well known. Elizabeth R. Schwartz, who since retirement lives in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, was employed with the Department of Conservation for over thirty years as biologist, author, and assistant in wildlife photography. Together this husband-and-wife team has written or illustrated thirteen other books and many technical papers for scientific journals and popular articles for magazines. They have also produced some twenty-four motion pictures and numerous TV programs, which have received both national and international awards. The Schwartzes also have received recognition by the North American Wildlife Society for four of their technical publications and motion pictures.

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