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by Roland W. Kays,Don E. Wilson

This is the most comprehensive and up-to-date field guide to the mammals of North America. Written by two leading authorities, no other reference covers all resident species north of Mexico, mammals large and small. With full-color illustrations for every one of the 442 species, Mammals of North America shows the user how to identify any mammal encountered, from mouse to moose, bat to baleen whale, Abert's Squirrel to the Yuma Myotis.

The core of the book consists of 108 color plates featuring exceptionally detailed mammal illustrations. Each species is depicted on these plates, with subspecies, geographic, and sexual variation portrayed whenever relevant. The artwork is supplemented by maps showing present range and by a short paragraph of text highlighting key identification characteristics and relevant aspects of the animal's behavior and ecology. All the artwork, maps, and text for a species are on two facing pages, eliminating the need to flip through the book to learn about an animal. Mammal signs are often more easily found than the animals themselves, so illustrations of tracks and scat are also included.

North America's mammal fauna is one of the best documented in the world, and the authors have scoured the continent's outstanding mammalogy literature to make this book as accurate and up-to-date as possible. Amateur naturalists will appreciate the complete coverage, detailed range maps, and outstanding artwork; professionals will welcome the inclusion of subspecies variation and the illustration of obscure traits crucial in distinguishing some pairs of similar species. This spectacular guide is the definitive one-volume resource on the mammals of a vast and tremendously varied continent.

108 color plates with illustrations for all 442 of North America's mammal species north of MexicoSubspecies, geographic, and sexual variation depicted when relevantArtwork is supplemented on facing pages by range maps and by concise text noting key identification traits and relevant aspects of behavior and ecologyTracks and scat illustrated as wellWell-documented, accurate, and completely up-to-date

Download Mammals of North America (Princeton Field Guides) epub
ISBN: 069108890X
ISBN13: 978-0691088907
Category: Science
Subcategory: Biological Sciences
Author: Roland W. Kays,Don E. Wilson
Language: English
Publisher: Princeton University Press (October 27, 2002)
Pages: 240 pages
ePUB size: 1238 kb
FB2 size: 1533 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 970
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Not many books out there that do what this book does, so the choices are limited. The upside is this book does cover all North American species (well, Canada and the US specifically. Mexico and Central America never seem to count as "North America" when it comes to guide books, for some reason). It's relatively easy to find the species you're looking for. The downside is the quality of many of the illustrations are quite disappointing, even bizarre. Many different artists were employed, with wildly different skill levels. I guess this is a common practice for guide books. I suppose one artist can't be expected to illustrate hundreds of animals in a way that makes field identification possible (although Sibley did for his bird guide books.. just sayin'). You can find examples of the artwork around Amazon and the interwebs. Do your homework. Having said all that, it's still a worthwhile addition to your collection, given the limited choices. I purchased the Kindle version this time around, but I've owned the paperback version in the past. It's easy to carry in your backpack and is made of durable semi-laminated material.

I realize it's somewhat hypocritical of me to be so, well, critical of this book after having purchased it multiple times. Guilty as charged. Just please Princeton, update it with better illustrations and I'll change this rating to 5 stars.

Note: both the Kindle and the paperback versions claim they're 816 pages. That may be true for the Kindle version, which has smaller (and thus more) pages, but the paperback version is about about 250 pages. Which is fortunate. No one wants to lug around an 816 page field guide, especially when there's no reason. There's about 400 species of mammals in North America - they don't each need two pages in an ID book
This is alright as far as field guides go. I got this book for a course and didn't end up using it much and so now I'm stuck with a guide I'm not thrilled about. The written descriptions are fairly detailed but I still wish there was just a little more natural history or details about the tracks and sign of the different animals although I understand it was left out for brevity's sake. I do think that in their attempt at being comprehensive for the whole of North America, (Including even the marine mammals!) they lost some value as a general field guide. I do like that there are range maps for each species and that the illustrations face the descriptions and are not all in a series of plates in the middle of the book.
One thing though is that the illustrations have considerable variation in quality. Most of them are very well done, with great attention to detail and they really capture the spirit of different animals. Others seem like they were drawn from stuffed animals rather than from life. The carnivores in particular are really stiff-looking and it just detracts from the enjoyment of the guide.
A comprehensive book about North American mammals!
Great illustrations and field guide. Good to have an up to date field guide. Item arrived on time.
Very concise and informative.
The Kindle version is not useful because the images cannot be scaled on laptop or Android devices.
adventure time
Awesome! Has wonderful pictures and information! Great buy for a college student in Zoology!
I am thrilled to say that I have finally found what will be my "go-to" guide for mammal identification. This book does a fantastic job identifying all 442 mammal species of North America. Some of the more helpful features: a quick guide to point you to the right section of the book, fantastic artwork (not distracting photos) to reference, information on identifying the tracks of some of the larger species, and of course, most helpful to an amateur like me, there are plenty of pictures of scat!! And yet I am pleased to report that this beautiful reference does it all in a classic field guide size! For any interested amateur naturalist, hiker, hunter, etc - it will become the obvious choice to pack up and take along.