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A Guide to the Mammals of China [Kindle Edition]

Andrew T. Smith , Yan Xie , Robert S. Hoffmann , Darrin Lunde , John MacKinnon , Don E. Wilson , W. Chris Wozencraft , Federico Gemma
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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


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[A] wonderful volume that will serve any field primatologist both as a guide to the area's monkeys and to help identify all those other strange non-primate mammals we glimpse through the binoculars from time to time.

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"This is destined to be a landmark book on Asian mammals. Its publication marks a watershed event, enabling public understanding of a tenth of the world's mammal species. Contributors to the volume include many of the world's experts on Chinese mammals. This is an ambitious book."--Bruce D. Patterson, Field Museum of Natural History



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  • File Size: 13650 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (April 23, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003PJ6UD4
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5.0 out of 5 stars Naturalist in China April 4, 2008
Format:Hardcover
This is one of the best field guides I have ever seen. The plates (61 plates)are beautifully illustrated and very accurate. Even though it will be a few years before I visit China, I wanted to purchase this field guide to become familiar with their mammals and where to find them. Besides wonderful illustrations of the mammals, the text is filled with great information. Each species account is accompanied with a range map showing the distribution of that mammal. Under the mammal's name is included the Chinese script of the mammal and an English translation of what that script sounds like. This is an ingenious inclusion, because for travelers looking for specific mammals, they only need to point to the script and people can help them. The text also includes taxonomic keys to assist in identifying mammals that are closely related. About the only thing that I didn't like was the fact that it only comes in hardcover. This is a personal thing because all of my other field guides are paperback, which makes them lighter to carry while traveling. But even with the hardcover, this field guide is a wonderful resource and learning tool for the mammals of China.
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Yan Xie has 19 years experiences working on biodiversity conservation in China. Is now an associate research professor in the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. She led a research group on Nature Conservation Legislation and promoted the Chinese government to issue a comprehensive Protected Area Law during 2012~2013, and the work has been highly regarded as an important event in the conservation history of China. Due to the work, she received the SEE-TNC Environmental Award. As the China Country Program Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) 2005-1012, she led the WCS China Programme working in Changtang and Pamir in western China, Amur tiger habitat in north-east China, Chinese alligator and Yangtze giant softshell turtle, and a long-term programme on controlling wildlife trade. She served as coordinator of biodiversity studies under the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, a high level governmental advisory body during 1994-2005, where she made a great contribution to the country's conservation policy. Yan also led the evaluation of more than 10,000 species for the China Red List. She is a prolific writer with many important conservation books under her belt including A Guide to the Mammals of China published in 2008, Bioinvasion and Biosecurity of China in 2009 and Biodiversity Atlas of China in 2009. She was the Vice-Chair of East Asia, World Commission of Protected Area, and now a Steering Committee Member of Species Survival Commission/IUCN.

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