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Old Wednesday 20th January 2010, 20:48   #1
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Mammals of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East

I don't think this book has already been mentioned here, and for some reason the search function does not work in this case for checking. It always says that there are less than three words. (?) Maybe some administrator can check. I think such a book title should be enabled to show up if it is entered.

Anyway, this is a very fine new FG for mammals. The good and new thing is that it has a expanded range compared to previous European mammal FGs. In addition, it does away with the purist attitude of only showing native species. Thus there are also range maps for Raccoon and Racoon Dog to just name two.

The book has the convenient, nowadays customary arrangement with plates on one side and text plus range maps on the opposite side of the same spread. In most cases, aside from a very appealing color illustration, there is also a skull and often a tooth detail in b&w. Thus, the book can also be helpful for birders studying owl pellets and the like.

The text includes information on size, weight, identification features, but also on habitat, biology, habits, food.

A very attractive and yet compact book. Highly recommended.


I got my copy from NHBS: http://www.nhbs.com/mammals_of_europ...no_161304.html

ISBN 978 1 4081 1399 8

It is a 2009 AC Black publication, but the original was published in French in 2008.
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Old Thursday 21st January 2010, 07:34   #2
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HI,

got my HMW a few days ago .
http://www.nhbs.com/handbook_of_the_...no_158777.html

Great stuff
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Thanks for this recommendation. I'd be interested to hear more. What is coverage of the North African Jirds like for example?
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Thanks for this recommendation. I'd be interested to hear more. What is coverage of the North African Jirds like for example?
I'm not a specialist, so I can only cite. 12 Jirds total are listed in the index. Looking at the range maps, there are four for North Africa (Libyan, Shaw's, Moroccan, Sundevall's).
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