Walker's Marine Mammals of the World

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JHU Press, 28 mei 2003 - 264 pagina's

From the giant bottlenosed whale and the West Indian manatee to the crabeater seal and hourglass dolphin, from the pygmy sperm whale to the spotted-necked otter, marine mammals are among the most fascinating—and most watched—of the earth's many animal species. Some, such as dolphins, are known for their intelligence, friendliness toward humans, and surprisingly sophisticated social behavior. In addition, all these animals are sources of fascination for the special adaptations they have undergone for life in and around the water, for their unique methods of communication ("whale song"), and for the endangered status of many species.

Now Ronald M. Nowak offers a comprehensive guide to this fascinating and varied order of mammals. Walker's Marine Mammals of the World includes scientific and common names, the number and distribution of species, measurements and physical traits, habitat, daily and seasonal activity, population dynamics, home range, social life, reproduction, longevity, and status of threatened species.

A foreword by John E. Heyning is engagingly written for the general reader, while a more detailed and substantive introduction by Randall R. Reeves and Brent S. Stewart discusses issues in greater depth for the specialist. Illustrated with more than 140 detailed black and white photographs, this book will be welcomed by marine mammal experts and enthusiasts alike.

 

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Inhoudsopgave

Other Marine Mammals
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WORLD DISTRIBUTION OF MARINE MAMMALS
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LITERATURE CITED
239
Contents
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Other Marine Mammals 221
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WORLD DISTRIBUTION OF MARINE MAMMALS 229
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LITERATURE CITED 239
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FOREWORD vii
vii
Pinnipedia 65
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Cetacea 124
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Sirenia 210
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Other Marine Mammals 221
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WORLD DISTRIBUTION OF MARINE MAMMALS 229
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LITERATURE CITED 239
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INDEX 263
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Copyright

John E Heyning
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Veelvoorkomende woorden en zinsdelen

Populaire passages

Pagina 253 - Fitch, JE, and RL BrownelL Jr. 1968. Fish otoliths in cetacean stomachs and their importance in interpreting feeding habits. J. Fish. Res. Board Can.

Over de auteur (2003)

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Ernest P. Walker (1891-1969) began work on Mammals of the World in the early 1930s, when he became assistant director of the National Zoo in Washington. His work reflected an unequaled store of knowledge about the world's mammals. Ronald M. Nowak is the author of the fifth and sixth editions of Walker's Mammals of the World. His other works on mammalogy include North American Quaternary Canis and several parts of the National Geographic Society's Wild Animals of North America, for which he also was editorial consultant. He received a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Kansas in 1973 and was staff mammalogist at the former Office of Endangered Species, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, from 1974 to 1987. He served as an Air Force officer for four years and is a private pilot.

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