Rats and mice and their relatives in the order Rodentia make up almost half of the species of mammals. Because of this, Lynx polled their readers and the overwhelming positive response was to produce two volumes treating Rodents. Volume 6 will include all of the families of rodents other than Cricetidae and Muridae, plus the order Lagomorpha, which includes rabbits and pikas. This radiation includes some 35 families, which have spread around the globe, occupying every continent except Antarctica, and countless islands in all major oceans. As usual, the text includes up-to-date information on every species, and each species is illustrated. Each family account includes color photographs documenting a variety of behaviors of these diverse and interesting mammals.
This volume also includes a Special Chapter: An overview of rodents, including chapters on morphology, taxonomy, and evolutionary history; why rodents are studied; and tools for studying them.
Families covered in Volume 6:
2 families, 11 genera, 92 species
Suborder Castorimorpha: 3 families, 13 genera, 109 species
Suborder Anomaluromorpha: 2 families, 4 genera, 9 species
Suborder Hystricomorpha: 17 families, 71 genera, 274 species
Suborder Sciuromorpha: 3 families, 69 genera, 314 species
Family Ochotonidae (Pikas) - Andrey Lissovsky
Family Leporidae (Hares and Rabbits) - Stéphanie Schai-Braun & Klaus Hackländer
Family Castoridae (Beavers) - Peter Busher
Family Heteromyidae (Pocket Mice, Kangaroo Mice and Kangaroo Rats) - David Hafner
Family Geomyidae (Pocket Gophers) - Mark Hafner
Family Anomaluridae (Anomalures) - Stephen Jackson
Family Pedetidae (Spring Hares) - Raquel López-Antoñanzas
Family Ctenodactylidae (Gundis) - Raquel López-Antoñanzas
Family Diatomyidae (Kha-nyou) - Paula Jenkins
Family Hystricidae (Old World Porcupines) - Erika Barthelmess
Family Thryonomyidae (Cane Rats) - Raquel López-Antoñanzas
Family Petromuridae (Dassie Rat) - Raquel López-Antoñanzas
Family Heterocephalidae (Naked Mole-rat) - Bruce Patterson
Family Bathyergidae (African Mole-rats) - Rodney Honeycutt
Family Erethizontidae (New World Porcupines) - Erika Barthelmess
Family Cuniculidae (Pacas) - Rafael Samudio Jr.
Family Caviidae (Cavies, Capybaras and Maras) - Thomas Lacher Jr.
Family Dasyproctidae (Agoutis and Acouchys) - Thomas Lacher Jr. & Jessica Gilbert
Family Chinchillidae (Viscachas and Chinchillas) - Angel Spotorno & Pablo Valladares
Family Dinomyidae (Pacarana) - Michael Mares & Janet Braun
Family Abrocomidae (Inca Rats and Chinchilla Rats) - Louise Emmons
Family Ctenomyidae (Tuco-tucos) - Thales Freitas
Family Octodontidae (Viscacha Rats, Degus, Rock Rats and Coruro) - Agustina Ojeda
Family Echimyidae (Hutias, Coypu South and American Spiny-rats) - Pierre-Henri Fabre, Jim Patton & Yuri Leite
Family Aplodontiidae (Mountain Beaver) - Samantha Hopkins
Family Sciuridae (Tree, Flying and Ground Squirrels, Chipmunks, Prairie Dogs and Marmots) - John Koprowski, Emily Goldstein, Kendell Bennett & Calebe Pereira
Family Dormice (Gliridae) - Mary Ellen Holden-Musser, Rimvydas Juškaitis & Grace Musser
I would never have imagined that a work such as the Handbook of the Birds of the World would be created. I had several times thought how wonderful that would be. Then the idea of a mammals of the world seemed even more challenging, and less likely. Perhaps two thirds of the way into the series on mammals, i remain astounded & thrilled by every aspect of these incomparable volumes. The amount of information on each & every species is remarkable & invaluable, the maps a treasure (they could be a fraction bigger, but that would be impractical, and unreasonable to expect), and the illustrations are spectacular, not only for their standard, but also for quantity – every species is illustrated, and the most significant subspecies too. I would never have dreamed that this would be accomplished at all, but to do so in the order Rodentia is a super-human achievement, and every illustration a treasured masterpiece of accuracy. I cannot praise this series highly enough, and i do not have the words to express my gratitude to all involved in its publication, especially artist Toni Llobet.