China’s breathtaking diversity of natural habitats — from mountains and deserts to grasslands and lush tropical forests — is home to more than 10 percent of the world’s mammal species. This one-of-a-kind pocket guide describes the characteristics, geographic distribution, natural history, and conservation status of all 558 species of mammals found in China. An up-to-date distribution map accompanies each species account, and beautiful color illustrations by wildlife artist Federico Gemma depict a majority of the species. The definitive text is written by leading specialists and follows the most current global standards for mammalian systematics.
This field-ready pocket edition of A Guide to the Mammals of China makes the rich mammal fauna of China accessible to ecotravelers and naturalists like never before.
- The comprehensive pocket guide to all of China’s 558 mammal species
- Describes the physical characteristics, geographic distribution, natural history, and conservation status of every species
- Features up-to-date distribution maps and stunning color illustrations throughout
- Written by a team of leading specialists
Andrew T. Smith is President's Professor and Parents Association Professor of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. Yan Xie is associate research professor in the Institute of Zoology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
"[A]nyone with any interest in what's at stake in the world, and particularly in China and other Asian countries, needs to have a copy of this workmanlike field guide. . . . [T]his is a highly serviceable, comprehensive and up-to-date guide, essential for the library of any wildlife enthusiast."—Cathy Taibbi, Examiner
"This practical guide covers the great diversity of these mammals. . . . [Mammals of China] provides descriptions of every Chinese species, focusing on distinctive features (including measurements and dental formulae), distributions, natural history (habitat, diet, and reproduction), and conservation status. Nearly 70 percent of the species are illustrated in color drawings, and distribution maps are provided for each."—Choice
"This guide is a valuable handbook for those involved in wildlife research in China and people interested in ecotourism and natural history. I would highly recommend this book to anyone traveling to China with an interest in mammals or for an inexpensive, good overview of the Chinese mammalian fauna."—John Yunger, Journal of Mammalogy
"Praise for A Guide to the Mammals of China: "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.""—Kathryn Jeffs, BBC Wildlife Magazine
"Praise for A Guide to the Mammals of China: "[T]he 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.""—F. S. Szalay, Choice
"Praise for A Guide to the Mammals of China: "This is a much needed guide and it will be indispensable for naturalists and mammalogists for years to come.""—Roy John, Canadian Field Naturalist