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Squirrels of the World Hardcover – July 12, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1421404691 ISBN-10: 1421404699

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (July 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421404699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421404691
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


There is an astounding amount of information packed into this book, clearly demonstrating the breadth of knowledge by the authors.

(Lawrence Heaney, Curator and Head of the Division of Mammals, The Field Museum (Chicago))

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.

(Selma Glasscock The Wildlife Society Southwest Section Newsletter)

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.

(Randy Lauff Canadian Field-Naturalist)

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.

(Sonu Chandiram Biz India Magazine)

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.

(Kenneth Armitage Quarterly Review of Biology)

Squirrels of the World provides an excellent guide to the present state of scientific knowledge of the Sciuridae, but also sheds light on the degree of ignorance that remains.

(Nicholas Gould International Zoo News)

Still think you know all you need to about the Sciuridae? What tree squirrel specializes in ant-eating, and has a distinct skull with a long snout? What bushy-tailed tree squirrel weighs only around 15 g, the size of a deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus)? I’m not going to tell you. Buy the book.

(Edward J. Heske Journal of Mammology)

If you need a squirrel inventory, this is a good one. And it's nice to feel that this type of catalogue is still appearing in print rather than on some obscure website of doubtful reliability. The back cover 'blurb' reveals the authors' impeccable institutional affiliations.

(Pat Morrie Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society)

A guide to the squirrels of the world is long overdue. This one is information rich, clearly written and beautifully presented. It incorporates an extensive bibliography (well over 1,500 references), discussions about important squirrel biology topics, critical conservation information, a large array of images and a massive collection of species-dependent information.

(Clay E. Corbin African Journal of Ecology)

As a teacher of mammalogy, this is a valuable contribution and I expect that I will use it while preparing multiple lectures for my courses. As a squirrel devotee, I am sure this I will return to many of the species accounts to glean more information and thereby bolster my enthusiasm for these fascinating animals.

(Eileen A. Lacey Journal of Mammalian Evolution)

About the Author

Richard W. Thorington, Jr., is a curator of mammals at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History and the author of Squirrels: The Animal Answer Guide, also published by Johns Hopkins University Press. John L. Koprowski is a professor at the Wildlife and Fisheries Resources School of Natural Resources at the University of Arizona. Michael A. Steele is a professor in the Department of Biology at Wilkes University and is co-author, with Koprowski, of North American Tree Squirrels. James F. Whatton is a research assistant at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michal Krbec on May 12, 2013
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If you like squirrels, this is a definitely must-buy for you. This was bought as a gift for my wife who loves them and it served its purpose greatly. Book contains hundreds of colour photos of any squirrels you can imagine and detailed information about all of them. Information are comprehensive but still easy to take in by anyone without any science background.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Hartong on December 10, 2012
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and hundreds more. If you like squirrels, this is the definitive guide. Love it! Love it. Love it. Love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Squirrel Girl on December 1, 2013
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This is a great book, for those of us who are squirrel officianados (but not biologists). The only thing I would have really liked would be a way of looking up squirrels by location. For instance, if I travel to location "X," it would be really handy to be able to look at a map and see what my choices are for possible species. Otherwise it's a nice reference book.
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