This first of two volumes covers all orders except Rodentia.
The book synthesizes nomenclature, systematics, and descriptions of North American mammal species. Clear, simple and illustrated identification keys are provided to make knowledge of mammals easier and facilitate the training of both students and professionals in the field, including readers without extensive experience. Descriptions of the different species are provided up to Order, highlighting the diagnostic features that allow identifying them promptly while the reader learns how to make subsequent identifications without having the book at hand. Each species comes with potential distribution maps based on existing records in the main museums of North America. The book includes the description, characteristics and distribution maps of the 781 species with ranges in the North American subcontinent.
Sergio Ticul Alvarez-Castañeda PhD is a Professor at Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas del Noroeste in Mexico, Investigador titular "E" (full professor) and level III in the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (top-level both). He is a Research Associate at the San Diego Museum of Natural History and The Museum of Southwestern Biology at the University of New Mexico. He founded and acts as Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Therya, and a member of the Editorial boards of other three specialized mammals journals. Dr Alvarez-Castañeda is also the founder and curator of one of the ten top mammal collections in Latin America with representative specimens from North America. His interests are molecular ecology, evolutionary biology, systematics and conservation of mammals. Has published 9 books, more than 150 articles, 44 book chapters, 292 IUCN and 79 CONABIO accounts, more than 120 popular articles and 25 graduated students. His work is based on studies on endemic and endangered species from North America, mainly from Mexico. He received the National Mexican Award "Merito Ecologico".