The Handbook of Mammals of the World, a 9-volume compendium of all that is known about each species of mammal on earth, was completed in 2019. Those volumes, coffee-table sized and richly illustrated, each with upwards of 1,000 pages, are very useful desktop references, but not easily portable or useful on short term visits to various regions of the planet. In an attempt to broaden the usage of the massive amounts of data, photographs, and maps compiled during the project, Lynx Edicions is preparing a series of regional illustrated Checklists of mammals for various areas worldwide. This new set of Illustrated Checklists will cover all of the mammals of a given region, down to the smallest bat and shrew as well as the larger and more showy species.
Scientific literature devoted to the study of mammals has grown exponentially during the past century. The Handbook of Mammals of the World Project attempted to cover this material by employing some of the best mammalogists in the world as authors. Their work was thorough and scientifically accurate, yielding a valuable storehouse of information about all known species of mammals. By distilling that information even further and arranging the species geographically rather than taxonomically as in the HMW volumes, an even wider audience will be able to enjoy the information.