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Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa

Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa

A total of 337 species are covered in this fully revised comprehensive field guide to mammals of Southern Africa.
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Title: Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa
Authors: Chris Stuart,; Tilde Stuart
Publisher: Random House Struik
Imprint: Nature
4th edition. Cape Town, South Africa 2007
ISBN 9781770074040 / ISBN 978-1-77007-404-0
Softcover, 15 x 21 cm, 308 pages, throughout colour photos

Description:

Southern Africa has a wealth of mammal species, a total of 337 – all of which are covered in this fully revised comprehensive Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa. While the term ‘African mammals’ conjures up the more celebrated species of elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino, it is in fact the smaller animals – shrews, genets, suricates and bats, that comprise the bulk of the region's mammal species. And, often overlooked but included here too is the diversity of marine mammals, seals, whales and dolphins, that are found in our oceans. This new edition of Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa has been extensively revised to include the most recent research in line with new findings and new taxonomy. Up-to-date information, revised distribution maps and new images (where available) have been combined in a modern, full-colour layout. Colour coding has been introduced according family groupings and spoor and size icons are included for quick reference with each mammal entry. Another new feature in the Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa is the inclusion of skulls, grouped at the back of the book for easy comparison. In addition to detailed descriptions of each species, the text offers insight into key identification characters, typical behaviour, preferred habitat, food choice and reproduction.

Content: Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa

INTRODUCTION
Major biotic zones of southern Africa
Mammal identification
Conservation and wildlife management
FAMILY INTRODUCTIONS
ORDER AFROSORICIDA
Golden moles (family Chrysochloridae)
ORDER MACROSCELIDEA
Sengis (Elephant-shrews) (family Macroscelididae)
ORDER EULIPOTYPHLA
Hedgehogs (family Erinaceidae)
Shrews (family Soricidae)
ORDER CHIROPTERA
Fruit-bats (suborder Megachiroptera, family Pteropodidae)
Insectivorous bats (suborder Microchiroptera)
Sheath-tailed & tomb bats (family Emballonuridae)
Trident & leaf-nosed bats (family Hipposideridae)
Slit-faced bats (family Nycteridae)
Horseshoe bats (family Rhinolophidae)
Vesper bats (family Vespertilionidae)
Long-fingered bats (genus Miniopterus, subfamily Miniopterinae)
Hairy, Serotine, pipistrelle, butterfly, long-eared & house bats (subfamily Vespertilioninae)
Woolly bats (genus Kerivoula, subfamily Kerivoulinae)
Free-tailed bats (family Molossidae)
ORDER PRIMATES
Baboons & monkeys (family Cercopithecidae)
Galagos (Bushbabies) (family Galagidae)
ORDER PHOLIDOTA
Pangolins (family Manidae)
ORDER LAGOMORPHA
Hares & rabbits (family Leporidae)
ORDER RODENTIA
Squirrels (family Sciuridae)
Dormice (family Myoxidae)
Springhare (family Pedetidae)
Rodent moles (Mole-rats) (family Bathyergidae)
Porcupine (family Hystricidae)
Cane-rats (family Thryonomyidae)
Dassie rat (family Petromuridae)
Rats & mice (family Muridae)
Gerbils (subfamily Gerbillinae)
ORDER CARNIVORA
Foxes, jackals & wild dog (family Canidae)
Otters, badger, weasel & polecat (family Mustelidae)
Mongooses (family Herpestidae)
Genets & civets (family Viverridae)
Palm civet (family Nandiniidae)
Hyaenas (family Hyaenidae)
Aardwolf (family Protelidae)
Cats (family Felidae)
ORDER TUBULIDENTATA
Aardvark (family Orycteropodidae)
ORDER PROBOSCIDEA
Elephant (family Elephantidae)
ORDER HYRACOIDEA
Dassies (Hyrax) (family Procaviidae)
ORDER PERISSODACTYLA
Zebras (family Equidae)
Rhinoceroses (family Rhinocerotidae)
ORDER SUIFORMES
Pigs & hogs (family Suidae)
ORDER WHIPPOMORPHA, SUBORDER ANCODONTA
Hippopotamuses (family Hippopotamidae)
ORDER RUMINANTIA
Giraffe (family Giraffidae)
Buffalo & antelopes (family Bovidae)
Deer (family Cervidae)
ORDER CARNIVORA
Fur seals (family Otariidae)
True seals (family Phocidae)
ORDER WHIPPOMORPHA, SUBORDER CETACEA
Baleen or whalebone whales (infraorder Mysticeti)
Rorquals (pleated whales) (family Balaenopteridae)
Right whales (families Balaenidae & Neobalaenidae)
Pygmy right whale (family Neobalaenidae)
Toothed whales & dolphins (infraorder Odontoceti)
Beaked whales (family Ziphiidae)
Sperm whales (families Kogiidae & Physeteridae)
Whale dolphins, pilot whales, killer whale & false killer whales (family Delphinidae)
ORDER SIRENIA
Dugong (family Dugongidae)
SKULLS
GLOSSARY
SUGGESTED FURTHER READING
ORGANIZATIONS CONCERNED WITH MAMMAL STUDIES
PHOTOGRAPHIC CREDITS


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