A Guide to the Mammals of China

 
 
Princeton University Press
  • erschienen am 11. Februar 2008
 
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  • Hardcover
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  • 576 Seiten
978-0-691-09984-2 (ISBN)
 
China's stunning diversity of natural habitats--from parched deserts to lush tropical forests--is home to more than 10 percent of the world's mammal species. A Guide to the Mammals of China is the most comprehensive guide to all 556 species of mammals found in China. It is the only single-volume reference of its kind to fully describe the physical characteristics, geographic distribution, natural history, and conservation status of every species. An up-to-date distribution map accompanies each species account, and color plates illustrate a majority of species. Written by a team of leading specialists, including Professor Wang Sung who provides a history of Chinese mammalogy, A Guide to the Mammals of China is the ideal reference for researchers and a delight for anyone interested in China's rich mammal fauna. The definitive, comprehensive, up-to-date guide to all of China's 556 mammal species High-quality color plates accompany the detailed text Each species account comes with a distribution map Organized taxonomically for easy reference Includes an extensive bibliography
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Andrew T. Smith is the Parents Association Professor of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. Yan Xie is associate research professor in the Institute of Zoology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Robert S. Hoffmann, now retired, was director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. Darrin Lunde is collections manager in the Department of Mammalogy at the American Museum of Natural History. John MacKinnon is a zoologist and writer whose many books include "A Field Guide to the Birds of China". Don E. Wilson is curator of mammals at the National Museum of Natural History. W. Chris Wozencraft (1953-2007) was professor of biology at Bethel College. Federico Gemma, based in Rome, is a wildlife artist and freelance natural-history illustrator.
List of Species Plates xi
List of Figures xv
List of Maps xvii
List of Habitat Illustrations xix
Preface xxi
Contributors xxiii
INTRODUCTION: Andrew T. Smith and Xie Yan 1
China's Geography and Mammalian Biogeography 1
History of Chinese Mammalogy: Wang Sung 4
Mammalian Conservation 9
China's Protected Area System 10
How to Use This Book 11
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 14
Species Plates 32
Taxonomic Descriptions 155
CLASS MAMMALIA: Andrew T. Smith 155
ORDER PROBOSCIDEA: Andrew T. Smith and John MacKinnon 155
Family Elephantidae 155
ORDER SIRENIA: Andrew T. Smith 157
Family Dugongidae 157
ORDER SCANDENTIA: Andrew T. Smith 158
Family Tupaiidae 158
ORDER PRIMATES: John MacKinnon 158
Family Lorisidae 159
Family Cercopithecidae 160
Subfamily Cercopithecinae 160
Subfamily Colobinae 164
Family Hylobatidae 169
ORDER RODENTIA: Darrin Lunde, Andrew T. Smith, and Robert S. Hoffmann 172
Family Sciuridae: Robert S. Hoffmann and Andrew T. Smith 172
Subfamily Ratufinae 173
Subfamily Sciurinae 174
Subfamily Callosciurinae 182
Subfamily Xerinae 189
Family Gliridae: Andrew T. Smith 196
Family Castoridae: Andrew T. Smith 197
Family Dipodidae: Andrew T. Smith 198
Subfamily Allactaginae 198
Subfamily Cardiocraniinae 202
Subfamily Dipodinae 204
Subfamily Euchoreutinae 206
Subfamily Sicistinae 206
Subfamily Zapodinae 208
Family Platacanthomyidae: Andrew T. Smith 208
Family Spalacidae: Andrew T. Smith 209
Subfamily Myospalacinae 209
Subfamily Rhizomyinae 212
Family Cricetidae: Darrin Lunde and Andrew T. Smith 214
Subfamily Arvicolinae: Darrin Lunde 214
Subfamily Cricetinae: Andrew T. Smith and Robert S. Hoffmann 239
Family Muridae: Andrew T. Smith and Darrin Lunde 247
Subfamily Gerbillinae: Andrew T. Smith and Robert S. Hoffmann 247
Subfamily Murinae: Darrin Lunde 252
Family Hystricidae: Andrew T. Smith 273
ORDER LAGOMORPHA: Andrew T. Smith 275
Family Ochotonidae 275
Family Leporidae 287
ORDER ERINACEOMORPHA: Robert S. Hoffmann and Darrin Lunde 292
Family Erinaceidae 292
Subfamily Erinaceinae 293
Subfamily Galercinae 295
ORDER SORICOMORPHA: Robert S. Hoffmann and Darrin Lunde 297
Family Soricidae 297
Subfamily Crocidurinae 298
Subfamily Soricinae 303
Family Talpidae 320
Subfamily Scalopinae 321
Subfamily Talpinae 321
Subfamily Uropsilinae 326
ORDER CHIROPTERA: Don E. Wilson 327
Family Pteropodidae 328
Family Rhinolophidae 334
Family Hipposideridae 344
Family Megadermatidae 349
Family Emballonuridae 350
Family Molossidae 351
Family Vespertilionidae 353
Subfamily Vespertilioninae 353
Subfamily Myotinae 371
Subfamily Miniopterinae 380
Subfamily Murininae 382
Subfamily Kerivoulinae 386
ORDER PHOLIDOTA: Andrew T. Smith 387
Family Manidae 387
ORDER CARNIVORA: W. Chris Wozencraft 388
Family Felidae 389
Subfamily Felinae 390
Subfamily Pantherinae 399
Family Viverridae 404
Subfamily Hemigalinae 405
Subfamily Paradoxurinae 406
Subfamily Prionodontinae 410
Subfamily Viverrinae 411
Family Herpestidae 414
Family Canidae 416
Family Ursidae 422
Family Otariidae 427
Family Phocidae 429
Family Mustelidae 431
Subfamily Lutrinae 432
Subfamily Mustelinae 434
Family Ailuridae 448
ORDER PERISSODACTYLA: Andrew T. Smith 449
Family Equidae 449
ORDER ARTIODACTYLA: John MacKinnon 451
Family Suidae 452
Family Camelidae 452
Family Tragulidae 453
Family Moschidae 454
Family Cervidae 457
Subfamily Capreolinae 457
Subfamily Cervinae 459
Subfamily Hydropotinae 467
Family Bovidae 468
Subfamily Antilopinae 468
Subfamily Bovinae 472
Subfamily Caprinae 473
ORDER CETACEA: Andrew T. Smith 481
Family Delphinidae 482
Family Phocoenidae 482
Family Iniidae 483
APPENDIXES 485
I. Cetaceans Found Off the Coast of China 485
II. Hypothetical Mammals 486
III. Introduced Alien, Feral, or Free-ranging Domestic Mammals 487
GLOSSARY 489
REFERENCES 495
"Now, for the first time, the natural history of all 556 of China's known mammals has been brought together in this impressive tome. This title represents a major achievement of international collaboration, and will be an invaluable tool in future research and conservation. It's also an important addition to any wildlife book collection."--Kathryn Jeffs, BBC Wildlife Magazine "This volume, the labor of authors Hoffmann, Darrin Lunde, John MacKinnon, and Don E. Wilson and superb illustrator Federico Gemma, also benefits from the contributions of the two editors and Wang Sung and W. Chris Wozencraft. It is the most comprehensive single-volume reference to China's mammals and perhaps to those of Asia as well... It is difficult to overestimate the usefulness of this outstanding book--not only for naturalists and mammalogists, but also for all conservation-minded people who are very concerned about the struggle for China's 1.3 billion people, with their often-disastrous culinary and pharmacological habits, and that country's precious wildlife."--F.S. Szalay, Choice "Finally [China] now has a decent guide to the mammals... The book has a great introductory section covering geography, the history of mammalogy in China, and conservation. This includes some useful maps and photographs. The text consists of the typical sections on characteristics, distribution, natural history, additional comments, and status. I was pleased to find this information is current and honest... The artwork is by Federico Gemma of Italy and is top quality... This is a much needed guide and it will be indispensable for naturalists and mammalogists for years to come."--Roy John, Canadian Field Naturalist "[T]he Smith and Xie volume ... will no doubt be adopted quickly as the gold standard by those working on Chinese mammals... As a reference book, it should be on the shelf not only of practicing mammalogists and those with interest in China, but indeed of anyone with a passing interest in the mammalian fauna of this magnificent and complex country."--Richard B. Harris, Journal of Mammology "[A] wonderful volume that will serve any field primatologist both as a guide to the area's monkeys and to help identify all those other strange non-primate mammals we glimpse through the binoculars from time to time."--Adrian Barnett, Primate Eye
 
"Now, for the first time, the natural history of all 556 of China's known mammals has been brought together in this impressive tome. This title represents a major achievement of international collaboration, and will be an invaluable tool in future research and conservation. It's also an important addition to any wildlife book collection."--Kathryn Jeffs, BBC Wildlife Magazine "This volume, the labor of authors Hoffmann, Darrin Lunde, John MacKinnon, and Don E. Wilson and superb illustrator Federico Gemma, also benefits from the contributions of the two editors and Wang Sung and W. Chris Wozencraft. It is the most comprehensive single-volume reference to China's mammals and perhaps to those of Asia as well... It is difficult to overestimate the usefulness of this outstanding book--not only for naturalists and mammalogists, but also for all conservation-minded people who are very concerned about the struggle for China's 1.3 billion people, with their often-disastrous culinary and pharmacological habits, and that country's precious wildlife."--F.S. Szalay, Choice "Finally [China] now has a decent guide to the mammals... The book has a great introductory section covering geography, the history of mammalogy in China, and conservation. This includes some useful maps and photographs. The text consists of the typical sections on characteristics, distribution, natural history, additional comments, and status. I was pleased to find this information is current and honest... The artwork is by Federico Gemma of Italy and is top quality... This is a much needed guide and it will be indispensable for naturalists and mammalogists for years to come."--Roy John, Canadian Field Naturalist "[T]he Smith and Xie volume ... will no doubt be adopted quickly as the gold standard by those working on Chinese mammals... As a reference book, it should be on the shelf not only of practicing mammalogists and those with interest in China, but indeed of anyone with a passing interest in the mammalian fauna of this magnificent and complex country."--Richard B. Harris, Journal of Mammology "[A] wonderful volume that will serve any field primatologist both as a guide to the area's monkeys and to help identify all those other strange non-primate mammals we glimpse through the binoculars from time to time."--Adrian Barnett, Primate Eye

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