The first book to provide an overview of freshwater amphibious mammals. It examines a range of species (otters, mink, watershrews, hippopotami, etc) and looks at their habitat utilisation, adaptation, feeding ecology and conservation status.
All of these animals are highly adapted to this semi-aquatic way of life, and increasing pollution, and the use of rivers and streams and their banks by humans for a range of purposes has a profound effects on the habitat's continued suitability for their inhabitants. How the riparian mammals may overcome these challenges is also addressed.
Contents include:- Adaptations to the semi-aquatic habit and habitat; Physiological challenges in semi-aquatic mammals swimming against the energetic tide; Diving capacity and foraging behaviour of the water shrew; Habitat use by water shrews, the smallest of the amphibious mammals; The importance of the riparian environment as a habitat for British bats; A preliminary study of the behaviour of the European mink in Spain by means of radiotracking; The demography of European otters; Habitat use and conservation of otters in Britain: a review; The relationship between riverbank habitat and prey availability and the distribution of otter signs: an analysis using a geographical information system; Influence of attitude on the distrubution, abundance and ecology of the otter; Diets of semi-aquatic carnivores in northern Belarus, with implications for population changes; Otter prey selection in relation to fish abundance and community structure in two different freshwater habitats; Diet, foraging behaviour and coexistence of African otters and the water mongoose; Feeding ecology of the smooth-coated otter in the National Chambal Sanctuary, India; Population trends of hippopotami in the rivers of the Kruger National Park, South Africa; Reproductive strategies of female capybaras: dry-season gestation; The continuing decline of the European mink: evidence for the intraguild aggression hypothesis; Otters and population in Spain; The rapid impact of resident American mink on water voles: case studies in lowland England; Status, habitat use and conservation of giant otter in Peru.
Originally published in 1998.
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