Handbook of the Mammals of the World, Volume 6: Lagomorphs and Rodents I
Edited by Don E Wilson, Thomas E Lacher, Jr. & Russell A Mittermeier, Illustrated by Toni Llobet
Rats and mice and their relatives in the order Rodentia make up almost half of the species of mammals. Because of this, Lynx asked their subscibers to vote and the overwhelming positive response was to produce two volumes treating Rodents. Volume 6 will include all of the families of rodents other than Cricetidae and Muridae, plus the order Lagomorpha, which includes rabbits and pikas. This radiation includes some 35 families, which have spread around the globe, occupying every continent except Antarctica, and countless islands in all major oceans. As usual, the text includes up-to-date information on every species, and each species is illustrated. Each family account includes colour photographs documenting a variety of behaviours of these diverse and interesting mammals.
This volume also includes a Special Chapter: An overview of rodents, including chapters on morphology, taxonomy, and evolutionary history; why rodents are studied; and tools for studying them.
Families covered in Volume 6:
2 families, 11 genera, 92 species
Suborder Castorimorpha: 3 families, 13 genera, 109 species
Suborder Anomaluromorpha: 2 families, 4 genera, 9 species
Suborder Hystricomorpha: 17 families, 71 genera, 274 species
Suborder Sciuromorpha: 3 families, 69 genera, 314 species. 998 pages.
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