Handbook of Marine Mammals: v. 6

Handbook of Marine Mammals: v. 6 : The Second Book of Dolphins and the Porpoises

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Some of the world's most beautiful, intelligent and highly adapted mammals inhabit our seas and oceans, and have stirred the human imagination for many centuries. As our knowledge of marine mammals grows, the need exists for a reliable and complete reference to the ecology and biology of these fascinating creatures. The Handbook of Marine Mammals series was founded with this in mind and now reaches its conclusion with this sixth and final volume. Within the pages of this classic series, scientists, conservationists and informed layperson alike can find the definitive review of all the world's whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, sea lions, and related species as well as sea otters and sea cows. Volume 6 covers the remaining dolphins and porpoises in a series of 17 chapters, each written by a specialist author with extensive personal research experience of the species. Each chapter provides a description of the species, and includes sections on the aspects of distribution and abundance, anatomy, physiology, behavior, reproduction, parasites and diseases and the impact of human activity on the animal's population and well-being. Numerous maps, photos and drawings illustrate the text.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 486 pages
  • 159 x 235.2 x 28.2mm | 1,015.19g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 145 black and white illustrations, maps
  • 0125885067
  • 9780125885065

Table of contents

R.R. Reeves, C. Smeenk, C.C. Kinze, R.L. Brownell, Jr., and J. Lien, White-beaked Dolphin, Lagenorhynchus albirostris. R.R. Reeves, C. Smeenk, R.L. Brownell, and C.C. Kinze, Atlantic White-sided Dolphin, Lagenorhynchus acutus. R.L. Brownell, Jr., W.A. Walker, and K.A. Forney, Pacific White-sided Dolphin, Lagenorhynchus obliquidens. R.L. Brownell, Jr., and F. Cipriano, Dusky Dolphin, Lagenorhynchus obscurus. R.L. Brownell, Jr., E.A Crespo, and M. Donahue, Peale's Dolphin, Lagenorhynchus australis. R.L. Brownell, Jr., and M.A. Donahue, Hourglass Dolphin, Lagenorhynchus cruciger. R.S. Wells and M.D. Scott, Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus. S. Kruse, D.K. Caldwell, and M.C. Caldwell, Risso's Dolphin, Grampus griseus. D.K. Odell and K. Miller McClune, False Killer Whale, Pseudorca crassidens. H.J. Bernard and S.B. Reilly, Pilot Whales, Globicephala. M.E. Dahlheim and J.E. Heyning, Killer Whale, Orcinus orca. A.J. Read, Harbour Porpoise, Phocoena phocoena. O. Vidal, R.L. Brownell, Jr., and L.T. Findley, Vaquita, Phocoena sinus. R.L. Brownell, Jr., and P.J. Clapham, Spectacled Porpoise, Phocoena dioptrica. R.L. Brownell, Jr., and P.J. Clapham, Burmeister's Porpoise, Phocoena spinipinnis. T. Kasuya, Finless Porpoise, Neophocaena phocaenoides. W.J. Houck and T.A. Jefferson, Dall's Porpoise, Phocoenoides dalli. Subject Index.
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Review quote

"With the recent need for biological knowledge of cetaceans, this book is timely. ...This book is a good reference because it gives in a single volume a considerable amount of biological information... Overall, this is a useful and well-research handbook that belongs in the libraries of all cetacean researchers." -Debra Palka, National Marine Fisheries Service, in THE QUARTERLY REVIEW OF BIOLOGY (2001)
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