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A Guide to the Mammals of China
Edited by Andrew T. Smith & Yan Xie
And Robert S. Hoffmann, Darrin Lunde, John MacKinnon, Don E. Wilson & W. Chris Wozencraft Illustrated by Federico Gemma

Hardcover | 2008 | $60.00 | £49.95 | ISBN: 9780691099842
576 pp. | 6 x 9 1/4 | 83 color illus. 572 maps.
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China's stunning diversity of natural habitats--from parched deserts to lush tropical forests--is home to more than 10 percent of the world's mammal species. A Guide to the Mammals of China is the most comprehensive guide to all 556 species of mammals found in China. It is the only single-volume reference of its kind to fully describe the physical characteristics, geographic distribution, natural history, and conservation status of every species. An up-to-date distribution map accompanies each species account, and color plates illustrate a majority of species. Written by a team of leading specialists, including Professor Wang Sung who provides a history of Chinese mammalogy, A Guide to the Mammals of China is the ideal reference for researchers and a delight for anyone interested in China's rich mammal fauna.

  • The definitive, comprehensive, up-to-date guide to all of China's 556 mammal species
  • High-quality color plates accompany the detailed text
  • Each species account comes with a distribution map
  • Organized taxonomically for easy reference
  • Includes an extensive bibliography


"Now, for the first time, the natural history of all 556 of China's known mammals has been brought together in this impressive tome. This title represents a major achievement of international collaboration, and will be an invaluable tool in future research and conservation. It's also an important addition to any wildlife book collection."--Kathryn Jeffs, BBC Wildlife Magazine

"This volume, the labor of authors Hoffmann, Darrin Lunde, John MacKinnon, and Don E. Wilson and superb illustrator Federico Gemma, also benefits from the contributions of the two editors and Wang Sung and W. Chris Wozencraft. It is the most comprehensive single-volume reference to China's mammals and perhaps to those of Asia as well. . . . It is difficult to overestimate the usefulness of this outstanding book--not only for naturalists and mammalogists, but also for all conservation-minded people who are very concerned about the struggle for China's 1.3 billion people, with their often-disastrous culinary and pharmacological habits, and that country's precious wildlife."--F.S. Szalay, Choice

"Finally [China] now has a decent guide to the mammals. . . . The book has a great introductory section covering geography, the history of mammalogy in China, and conservation. This includes some useful maps and photographs. The text consists of the typical sections on characteristics, distribution, natural history, additional comments, and status. I was pleased to find this information is current and honest. . . . The artwork is by Federico Gemma of Italy and is top quality. . . . This is a much needed guide and it will be indispensable for naturalists and mammalogists for years to come."--Roy John, Canadian Field Naturalist

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