One hundred and five species of mammals are native to the Trans-Pecos region of Texas. The greatly varied terrain, climate, and vegetation make its mammalian life exceptionally varied, ranging from tiny shrews to great elks, from bats to aquatic beavers and muskrats, from desert-dwelling kangaroo rats to forest-loving chipmunks, and from an assortment of mice and rats to predatory cougars and coyotes.
This fully revised and updated edition of The Mammals of Trans-Pecos Texas provides a guide to the identification of these animals and summarizes important facts about their lives. With nearly every species illustrated with accurate, detailed pen-and-ink drawings by artist Chester O. Martin and colour plates of some of the most iconic mammals that live in the Trans-Pecos region, it exemplifies how biologists integrate art with science to develop a wider appreciation for nature. The account of each species is arranged to contain a brief description of the animal, the geographic distribution of the species, and a discussion of the natural history of the mammal. This authoritative work brings together an appreciation for and understanding of the diversity of fauna, life histories, and ecologies within a unique and fascinating landscape.
Franklin D. Yancey II is a professor of biology at Oakhurst College Center near Yosemite National Park in California. He is also a research associate of the Natural Science Research Laboratory at the Museum of Texas Tech University.
David J. Schmidly is a prominent mammologist and the author of nine books on the natural history of mammals, including Bats of Texas. He was formerly the president of the University of New Mexico, Oklahoma State University, and Texas Tech University.
Richard W. Manning is coauthor of the Illustrated Key to the Skulls of Genera of North American Land Mammals.
Stephen Kasper is a wildlife biologist at Lake Alan Henry Wildlife Mitigation Area in the Texas Panhandle.
Chester O. Martin was a research wildlife biologist with the Army Corps of Engineers, specializing in bat conservation. He received the 2018 Jay N. “Ding” Darling Memorial Award for Wildlife Stewardship Through Art from The Wildlife Society.