The Encyclopedia of Animals: A Complete Visual Guide

The Encyclopedia of Animals: A Complete Visual Guide

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Edited by George McKay, Volume editor F. Cooke, Volume editor Stephen Hutchinson, Volume editor Richard G. Vogt, Volume editor Hugh Dingle, Foreword by Harry W. Greene

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Hardback | 608 pages
  • Dimensions: 241mm x 267mm x 46mm | 2,404g
  • Publication date: 27 January 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520244060
  • ISBN 13: 9780520244061
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Illustrations note: 1700 colour illustrations, 950 maps, 125 tables, 475 colour photos
  • Sales rank: 82,477

Product description

"The Encyclopedia of Animals" is a lavishly illustrated, authoritative, and comprehensive exploration of the rich and intriguing world of animals. Written by an international team of specialists, spectacularly adorned with a gallery of more than 2,000 color illustrations, and supplemented with distribution maps, detailed and beautifully rendered diagrams, and some of the world's finest wildlife photographs, this volume will become the standard by which all others are measured. Each page is expertly laid out to enhance either browsing or in-depth study. Readers will find detailed coverage of all sorts of animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, and invertebrates. "The Encyclopedia" includes an introductory overview of animal evolution, biology, behavior, classification, habitats, and current conservation issues. An extensive encyclopedic survey of the animals follows, with special attention given to endangered and vulnerable species. All information is completely up-to-date, with the most recent scientific and conservation data. Elegant graphics put a broad selection of information at readers' fingertips, including classification information, scientific and common names, distribution maps for all animal groups, conservation panels that focus on threatened species, accurate and detailed anatomical drawings, and illustrations of multiple species. Each section is color coded for easy identification of animal groups. Feature pages explore topics of particular interest and provide insights into animal behavior. With its expansive scope, richly detailed information, and inviting design, this will be the ideal reference for a broad range of uses. This title is completely up-to-date, with the most recent scientific information and conservation data. It includes a gallery of more than 2,000 illustrations. It features authoritative text contributed by a team of international specialists. It includes lavish color photographs from leading wildlife photographers. It also includes distribution maps for all animal groups. It features detailed explanatory scientific diagrams. It includes feature pages that explore topics of particular interest and provide insights into animal behavior.

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Author information

George McKay (mammals) is an independent consultant in conservation biology who lives in Sydney, Australia. He has contributed to Fauna of Australia and Zoological Catalogue of Australia. He is the editor of Encyclopedia of Biodiversity and Conservation. Fred Cooke (birds) was Chair of Wildlife Ecology at Simon Fraser University. He is President-Elect of the American Ornithologists Union and lives in Norfolk, England, where he is associated with the British Trust for Ornithology. Stephen Hutchinson (fish) is a Senior Fellow at the Southampton Oceanography Centre. Richard Vogt (reptiles and amphibians) is Curator of Herpetology and Professor at the National Institute for Amazon Research in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Hugh Dingle (invertebrates) is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis, where he was also Director of the Center for Animal Behavior.

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"This book would be an ideal introduction to zoology for school and public libraries."--Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Table of contents

How to use this book THE ANIMAL WORLD Animal life Animals through the ages Classifying animals Biology and behavior Habitats and adaptation Animals in danger MAMMALS Introducing mammals Monotremes Marsupials Anteaters Insectivores Tree shrews Flying lemurs Bats Primates Carnivores Whales and dolphins Sea cows Elephants Hoofed mammals Hyraxes Aardvark Pangolins Rodents Lagomorphs Elephant shrews BIRDS Introducing birds Ratites and tinamous Penguins Divers and grebes Albatrosses and petrels Pelicans Herons Waterfowl Birds of prey Gamebirds Cranes Waders Pigeons Parrots and cockatoos Cuckoos and turacos Owls Nightjars and frogmouths Hummingbirds and swifts Mousebirds and trogons Kingfishers Woodpeckers and toucans Passerines REPTILES Introducing reptiles Tortoises and turtles Crocodilians Lizards Snakes AMPHIBIANS Introducing amphibians Salamanders and newts Caecilians Frogs and toads FISHES Introducing fishes Jawless fishes Sharks and rays Bony fishes Fleshy-finned fishes Lungfishes Bonytongues Eels and tarpons Sardines Catfishes Salmon Dragonfishes Lanternfishes Cod and anglerfishes Spiny-rayed fishes INVERTEBRATES Introducing invertebrates Sponges Cnidarians Jellies Worms Spiders Centipedes and millipedes Crustaceans Mollusks Echinoderms Insects Glossary Index Contributors Acknowledgments