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The Mammals of the Southern African Sub-region

The Mammals of the Southern African Sub-region

3rd Edition

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  • Date Published: March 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521844185

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  • This comprehensive volume covers all mammals that occur naturally on the African mainland south of the Cunene and Zambezi rivers, and also in the subregion's coastal waters. Extensively revised and updated for the new edition, it now includes the latest data from from mammal research in southern Africa along with the radical taxonomic changes across all levels of mammalian classification. Containing contributions from specialists on each mammalian order, each species description has been reviewed by a range of independent and internationally recognised authorities. Along with the latest taxonomic information, the distribution maps and illustrations have been updated and redrawn, several new colour plates have been added, and the whole design has been enhanced to aid access to key information. This is the most comprehensive and up-to-date survey of southern-African mammals and forms an essential reference for zoologists, evolutionary biologists and anyone wanting an overview of the region's wildlife.

    • This extensively revised third edition encompasses all mammals that occur naturally on the African mainland south of the Cunene and Zambezi rivers, together with mammals indigenous to the subregion's coastal waters
    • Radical taxonomic changes across all levels of mammalian classification have necessitated this new edition which presents the best and latest data accurately in one comprehensive volume
    • All distribution maps have been redrawn, many of the spoor illustrations have been updated and redrawn and several new colour plates have been added
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    “Easily accessible to professional and general readers alike, this monumental work is absolutely indispensable for anyone interested in or working with Southern African mammals. Without it, no mammalian library is complete. Essential.” --Choice

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    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521844185
    • length: 872 pages
    • dimensions: 360 x 254 x 74 mm
    • weight: 3.738kg
    • contains: 300 b/w illus. 41 colour illus. 297 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    SUPERCOHORT AFROTHERIA
    Order AFROSORICIDA
    Suborder CHRYSOCHLORIDEA
    I. Family CHRYSOCHLORIDAE / Golden moles
    Subfamily Chrysochlorinae
    Subfamily Amblysominae
    Order MACROSCELIDEA
    II. Family MACROSCELIDIDAE / Elephant-shrews
    Order TUBULIDENTATA
    III. Family ORYCTEROPODIDAE / Aardvark
    COHORT PAENUNGULATA
    Order HYRACOIDEA
    IV. Family PROCAVIIDAE / Hyraxes
    Superorder TETHYTHERIA
    Order PROBOSCIDEA
    V. Family ELEPHANTIDAE / Elephants
    Order SIRENIA
    VI. Family DUGONGIDAE / Dugong
    SUPERCOHORT EUARCHONTAGLIRES
    COHORT GLIRES
    Order LAGOMORPHA
    VII. Family LEPORIDAE / Hares, rock rabbits and rabbits
    Order RODENTIA
    Suborder HYSTRICOGNATHI
    VIII. Family BATHYERGIDAE / Mole-rats
    IX. Family HYSTRICIDAE / Porcupines
    X. Family THRYONOMYIDAE / Canerats
    XI. Family PETROMURIDAE / Dassie rat
    Suborder SCIUROGNATHI
    XII. Family PEDETIDAE / Springhare
    XIII. Family SCIURIDAE / Squirrels
    XIV. Family MYOXIDAE / Dormice
    Subfamily Graphiurinae
    XV. Family MURIDAE / Rats and mice
    Subfamily Deomyinae
    Subfamily Murinae
    Tribe Otomyini
    Subfamily Gerbillinae
    Subfamily Mystromyinae
    Subfamily Cricetomyinae
    Subfamily Dendromurinae
    Subfamily Petromyscinae
    COHORT EUARCHONTA
    Superorder PRIMATOMORPHA
    Order PRIMATES
    Suborder STREPSIRHINI
    Infraorder LORIFORMES
    XVI. Family GALAGIDAE / Galagos
    Suborder HAPLORHINI
    Infraorder SIMIIFORMES
    Superfamily CERCOPITHECOIDEA
    XVII. Family CERCOPITHECIDAE / Baboons and monkeys
    Subfamily Cercopithecinae
    SUPERCOHORT LAURASIATHERIA
    Order EULIPOTYPHLA
    Suborder SORICOMORPHA
    XVIII. Family SORICIDAE / Shrews
    Subfamily Myosoricinae
    Subfamily Crocidurinae
    Suborder ERINACEOMORPHA
    XIX. Family ERINACEIDAE / Hedgehogs
    Subfamily Erinaceinae
    Order CHIROPTERA Bats
    Suborder MEGACHIROPTERA / Fruit-eating bats
    XX. Family PTEROPODIDAE
    Suborder MICROCHIROPTERA / Insect-eating bats
    XXI. Family EMBALLONURIDAE / Sheath-tailed bats
    XXII. Family MOLOSSIDAE / Free-tailed bats
    XXIII. Family VESPERTILIONIDAE / Vesper bats
    Subfamily Miniopterinae
    Subfamily Vespertilioninae
    Subfamily Kerivoulinae
    XXIV. Family NYCTERIDAE / Slit-faced bats
    XXV. Family RHINOLOPHIDAE / Horseshoe bats
    XXVI. Family HIPPOSIDERIDAE / Trident and leaf-nosed bats
    COHORT FERUNGULATA
    Superorder FERAE
    Order PHOLIDOTA / Pangolins
    XXVII. Family MANIDAE
    Order CARNIVORA
    Suborder FELIFORMIA
    XVIII. Family HYAENIDAE / Hyaenas
    Subfamily Protelinae
    Subfamily Hyaeninae
    XXIX. Family FELIDAE / Cats
    Subfamily Acinonychinae
    Subfamily Pantherinae
    Subfamily Felinae
    XXX. Family VIVERRIDAE / Civets and genets
    Subfamily Viverrinae
    XXXI. Family NANDINIIDAE / Palm civet
    XXXII. Family HERPESTIDAE / Suricates and mongooses
    Subfamily Herpestinae
    Suborder CANIFORMIA
    XXXIII. Family CANIDAE / Foxes, wild dogs and jackals
    XXXIV. Family MUSTELIDAE / Otters, honey badger, weasel and polecat
    Subfamily Lutrinae
    Subfamily Mellivorinae
    Subfamily Mustelinae
    XXXV. Family OTARIIDAE / Fur seals
    XXXVI. Family PHOCIDAE / True seals
    Superorder PARAXONIA
    Order PERISSODACTYLA
    XXXVII. Family RHINOCEROTIDAE / Rhinoceroses
    XXXVIII. Family EQUIDAE / Zebras
    Superorder CETARTIODACTYLA
    Order SUIFORMES
    Suborder SUINA
    Superfamily SUIODEA
    XXXIX. Family SUIDAE / Pigs
    Subfamily Suinae
    Subfamily Phacochoerinae
    Order WHIPPOMORPHA
    Suborder ANCODONTA
    Superfamily ANTHRACOTHEROIDEA
    XL. Family HIPPOPOTAMIDAE / Hippopotamuses
    Suborder CETACEA / Whales and dolphins
    Infraorder ODONTOCETI
    XLI. Family PHYSETERIDAE / Sperm whale
    XLII. Family KOGIIDAE
    XLIII. Family ZIPHIIDAE / Beaked whales
    Subfamily Ziphiinae
    Subfamily Hyperoodontinae
    XLIV. Family DELPHINIDAE / Dolphins, pilot whales, killer and false killer whales
    Infraorder MYSTICETI
    XLV. Family BALAENIDAE / Right whales
    XLVI. Family NEOBALAENIDAE / Pygmy right whales
    XLVII. Family BALAENOPTERIDAE / Rorquals
    Order RUMINANTIA
    Suborder PECORA
    Superfamily GIRAFFOIDEA
    XLVIII. Family GI

  • Authors

    J. D. Skinner, University of Pretoria

    Christian T. Chimimba, University of Pretoria

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