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Squirrels of the World

Richard W. Thorington, Jr., John L. Koprowski, Michael A. Steele, and James F. Whatton

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This is the most thorough treatment ever undertaken on the Sciuridae and promises to be the definitive book on squirrels for decades to come.

Squirrels of the World, written by scientists with more than 100 years of collective experience studying these popular mammals, is the first comprehensive examination of all 285 species of squirrels worldwide. The authors reveal virtually every detail of the family Sciuridae, which includes ground squirrels, tree squirrels, flying squirrels, prairie dogs, and chipmunks. Each species—from the familiar gray squirrel of American backyards to the exotic and…

This is the most thorough treatment ever undertaken on the Sciuridae and promises to be the definitive book on squirrels for decades to come.

Squirrels of the World, written by scientists with more than 100 years of collective experience studying these popular mammals, is the first comprehensive examination of all 285 species of squirrels worldwide. The authors reveal virtually every detail of the family Sciuridae, which includes ground squirrels, tree squirrels, flying squirrels, prairie dogs, and chipmunks. Each species—from the familiar gray squirrel of American backyards to the exotic and endangered woolly flying squirrel of Pakistan—is described in a detailed account that includes distinguishing characteristics, ecology, natural history, conservation status, and current threats to its existence.

Squirrels of the World includes

• stunning color photographs that document rare and unusual squirrels as well as common varieties
• evolution, morphology, ecology, and conservation status
• colorful range maps marking species distribution
• images of the skull of each genus of squirrel
• extensive references

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As a comprehensive guide, the book is quite informative, easy to use, beautifully designed, and an excellent resource for anyone interested in this family of mammals.

This thorough guide to the squirrel family profiles 285 species, including not only the tree and flying squirrels, but also chipmunks, ground squirrels (including prairie dogs), and marmots.

Squirrels of the World does a wonderful job at surveying this charismatic group of animals... The photographs in this book are worth the cost of the book themselves.

This is a wonderful book with hundreds of full-color photographs packed with loads of information on the 285 known living species of squirrels found all over the world.

The heart of this book is an account of each of the 285 species of squirrels... The photographs and color range maps give the book a striking and handsome appearance... excellent treatment of the squirrel family.

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Trim Size
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10
Pages
472
ISBN
9781421404691
Illustration Description
276 color photos, 285 maps, 2 graphs, 28 plates
Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Taxonomic Introduction
Paleontology
Anatomy
Ecology, Behavior, and Conservation
Species Accounts
Ratufinae
Ratufa
Sciurillinae
Sciurillus
Sciurinae
Sciurini
Microsciurus
Rheithrosciurus
Sciurus

Preface
Abbreviations
Taxonomic Introduction
Paleontology
Anatomy
Ecology, Behavior, and Conservation
Species Accounts
Ratufinae
Ratufa
Sciurillinae
Sciurillus
Sciurinae
Sciurini
Microsciurus
Rheithrosciurus
Sciurus
Syntheosciurus
Tamiasciurus
Pteromyini
Aeretes
Aeromys
Belomys
Biswamoyopterus
Eoglaucomys
Eupetaurus
Glaucomys
Hylopetes
Iomys
Petaurillus
Petaurista
Petinomys
Pteromys
Pteromyscus
Trogopterus
Callosciurinae
Callosciurus
Dremomys
Exilisciurus
Funambulus
Glyphotes
Hyosciurus
Lariscus
Menetes
Nannosciurus
Prosciurillus
Rhinosciurus
Rubrisciurus
Sundasciurus
Tamiops
Xerinae
Xerini
Atlantoxerus
Spermophilopsis
Xerus
Protoxerini
Epixerus
Funisciurus
Heliosciurus
Myosciurus
Paraxerus
Protoxerus
Marmotini
Ammospermophilus
Callospermophilus
Cynomys
Ictidomys
Marmota
Notocitellus
Otospermophilus
Poliocitellus
Sciurotamias
Spermophilus
Tamias
Urocitellus
Xerospermophilus
Appendix: Representative Skulls of Each Squirrel Genus
References
Index

Author Bios
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Richard W. Thorington, Jr., Ph.D.

Richard W. Thorington, Jr. is a curator of mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. He is the co-author of Squirrels of the World, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. For many years.
John L. Koprowski
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John L. Koprowski

John L. Koprowski is a professor of wildlife conservation and management and the director of the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona. He is a coauthor of Squirrels of the World.
Michael A. Steele
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Michael A. Steele

Michael A. Steele is the H. Fenner Endowed Professor of Research Biology at Wilkes University. He is a coauthor of North American Tree Squirrels, Squirrels of the World, and Terrestrial Vertebrates of Pennsylvania: A Complete Guide to Species of Conservation Concern.
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