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By: Scott Tremor(Editor), Drew Stokes(Editor), Wayne Spencer(Editor), Jay Diffendorfer(Editor), Howard Thomas(Editor), Susan Chivers(Editor), Philip Unitt(Editor)
432 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, maps
The new San Diego County Mammal Atlas, will serve as the definitive guide to the mammals of San Diego County. More than a decade in the making, the 432-page, full-colour book covers the biology of all 91 terrestrial species and 31 inshore marine visitors known to have occurred here during recorded history (since 1769). Species covered in the book range from the desert bighorn sheep to the abundant California ground squirrel seen in neighbourhoods across the county to the immense blue whale found along our shorelines.
More than 40 biologists have contributed to San Diego County Mammal Atlas, making it a work of the entire mammalogical community. Bringing it together as editors and authors are Scott Tremor, Drew Stokes, Howard Thomas, and Philip Unitt of the San Diego Natural History Museum, Susan Chivers of the National Marine Fisheries Service, Wayne Spencer of the Conservation Biology Institute, and Jay Diffendorfer of the U.S. Geological Survey. Other major partners include the San Diego Zoo and the U.S. Forest Service.
Although San Diego County Mammal Atlas is focused geographically on San Diego County, it will be of interest to scientists, conservationists, and educators throughout the United States and Mexico. Readers will likely include students (high school and university), land managers, working biologists, amateur naturalists, and anyone with an interest in San Diego's wildlife.
Detailed skull drawings and photographs of most species help readers with identification. Maps depict localities of Museum specimens and the observations of biologists. Gaps in current knowledge are presented as challenges to inspire students and researchers to pursue in future studies.
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