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A Guide to the Mammals of China

A Guide to the Mammals of China

Robert S. Hoffmann
Darrin Lunde
John MacKinnon
Don E. Wilson
W. Chris Wozencraft
ILLUSTRATOR Federico Gemma
Copyright Date: 2008
Pages: 576
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    A Guide to the Mammals of China
    Book Description:

    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 Chinais 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 Chinais 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 speciesHigh-quality color plates accompany the detailed textEach species account comes with a distribution mapOrganized taxonomically for easy referenceIncludes an extensive bibliography

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-3411-2
    Subjects: Zoology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-x)
  3. List of Species Plates
    (pp. xi-xiv)
  4. List of Figures
    (pp. xv-xvi)
  5. List of Maps
    (pp. xvii-xviii)
  6. List of Habitat Illustrations
    (pp. xix-xx)
  7. Preface
    (pp. xxi-xxii)
  8. Contributors
    (pp. xxiii-xxvi)
  9. Introduction
    (pp. 1-31)
    Andrew T. Smith and Xie Yan

    China is a magnificent country and one of the most diverse on Earth. Its size ranks fourth among the world’s nations (9,596,960 km²), and it is home to over 1.3 billion people. The topography of China ranges from the highest elevation on Earth (Mt. Everest or Chomolungma; 8,850 m) to one of the lowest (Turpan Pendi; 154 m below sea level). Chinese environments include some of Earth’s most extensive and driest deserts (the Taklimakan and Gobi) and its highest plateau (the Tibetan Plateau or “Roof of the World”). Habitats range from tropical to boreal forest, and from extensive grasslands to...

  10. Species Plates
    (pp. 32-154)
  11. Taxonomic Descriptions CLASS MAMMALIA
    (pp. 155-484)
    Andrew T. Smith

    Mammals belong to the class Mammalia, subphylum Vertebrata, phylum Chordata, kingdom Animalia. In spite of considerable variation in morphological structure among mammals, there is a suite of unique characteristics that define the class. Pelage, or hair, is present in at least some stage of development of all mammals. It completely covers the bodies of most species, although it may be restricted to specific areas in some forms or occur only during embryonic development in others (such as cetaceans). All young mammals are nourished with milk provided from mammary glands. A muscular diaphragm separates the lungs from the posterior body cavity....

  12. Appendix I Cetaceans Found Off the Coast of China (not covered in text)
    (pp. 485-485)
  13. Appendix II Hypothetical Mammals (those found close to China but without known representation in the Chinese Mammal Fauna)
    (pp. 486-486)
  14. Appendix III Introduced Alien, Feral, or Free-ranging Domestic Mammals
    (pp. 487-488)
  15. Glossary
    (pp. 489-494)
  16. References
    (pp. 495-526)
  17. Index to Scientific Names
    (pp. 527-540)
  18. Index to Common Names
    (pp. 541-544)