Marine Mammals of the World

Marine Mammals of the World : A Comprehensive Guide to Their Identification

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This new edition of Marine Mammals of the World describes and illustrates newly discovered and rarely photographed species, making it the most comprehensive and up-to-date identification guide available.

This edition continues to meet the research-focused needs of marine biologists and conservation biologists by providing a tremendous influx of new photos, taking advantage of advances in digital and auto-focusing photography, and the emergence of marine mammal studies and "whalewatching" around the world. The book encompasses cetacean, pinniped, and sirenian species, as well as extinct species, and describes basic biology and taxonomic groupings of marine mammals.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 616 pages
  • 191 x 235 x 49mm | 505g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0124095429
  • 9780124095427
  • 394,731

Table of contents

1. Introduction 2. Basic Marine Mammal Biology 3. Taxonomic Groupings Above the Species Level 4. Cetacean Species Accounts 5. Pinniped Species Accounts 6. Sirenian and Other Species Accounts 7. Extinct Species Accounts 8. Dichotomous Identification Keys 9. Summaries of Characters for Similar Species 10. Glossary of Technical Terms 11. References and Sources for More Information 12. Index
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"This book is an incredible asset for solving those identification problems and is a must-have for any person or entity responsible for positively identifying marine mammals." -- Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

"...truly is a comprehensive guide to identification...contains updated taxonomy, illustrations and photographs and also features four new species...will make a fantastic addition to the library of any marine scientist, student or nature enthusiast." -- AVJ
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"This book is an incredible asset for solving those identification problems and is a must-have for any person or entity responsible for positively identifying marine mammals." --Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

"...truly is a comprehensive guide to identification...contains updated taxonomy, illustrations and photographs and also features four new species...will make a fantastic addition to the library of any marine scientist, student or nature enthusiast." --AVJ
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About Thomas A. Jefferson

Thomas A. Jefferson, Ph.D. is a marine mammal biologist and director of Clymene Enterprises, in Lakeside, California. He has been studying marine mammals around the world since 1983, and has traveled widely in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Australasia in pursuit of his work. His primary focus is on the population biology and taxonomy of small cetaceans, and their effective conservation. Marc A. Webber has studied marine mammals in the wild and captivity since 1977. He has traveled to the Arctic, Antarctic, and many areas in between to study, photograph, and teach about marine mammals. He has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 1992 and at present is the Deputy Manager at Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge which is based in Homer, Alaska. Robert L. Pitman is a marine biologist at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California, and has published extensively on marine birds and mammals. Since 1976 he has averaged 6 months a year at sea on research vessels operating in all the world's oceans. His current research interests include ecology and systematics of killer whales in Antarctica and Australia.
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