Encyclopedia of Animals A Complete Visual Guide

ISBN-10: 0520244060

ISBN-13: 9780520244061

Edition: 2004

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Description: The Encyclopedia of Animals is a lavishly illustrated, authoritative, and comprehensive exploration of the rich and intriguing world of animals. Written by an international team of specialists, spectacularly adorned with a gallery of more than 2,000 color illustrations, and supplemented with distribution maps, detailed and beautifully rendered diagrams, and some of the world's finest wildlife photographs, this volume will become the standard by which all others are measured. Each page is expertly laid out to enhance either browsing or in-depth study. Readers will find detailed coverage of all sorts of animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, and invertebrates. The Encyclopedia includes an introductory overview of animal evolution, biology, behavior, classification, habitats, and current conservation issues. An extensive encyclopedic survey of the animals follows, with special attention given to endangered and vulnerable species. All information is completely up-to-date, with the most recent scientific and conservation data. Elegant graphics put a broad selection of information at readers' fingertips, including classification information, scientific and common names, distribution maps for all animal groups, conservation panels that focus on threatened species, accurate and detailed anatomical drawings, and illustrations of multiple species. Each section is color coded for easy identification of animal groups. Feature pages explore topics of particular interest and provide insights into animal behavior. With its expansive scope, richly detailed information, and inviting design, this will be the ideal reference for a broad range of uses. * Completely up-to-date, with the most recent scientific information and conservation data * A gallery of more than 2,000 illustrations * Authoritative text contributed by a team of international specialists * Lavish color photographs from leading wildlife photographers * Distribution maps for all animal groups * Detailed explanatory scientific diagrams * Feature pages exploring topics of particular interest and providing insights into animal behavior

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/3/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 608
Size: 9.75" wide x 10.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 5.610
Language: English

How to use this book
The Animal World
Animal life Animals through the ages
Classifying animals
Biology and behavior
Habitats and adaptation
Animals in danger
Mammals
Introducing mammals
Monotremes Marsupials Anteaters Insectivores Tree shrews
Flying lemurs
Bats Primates Carnivores Whales and dolphins
Sea cows Elephants Hoofed mammals
Hyraxes Aardvark Pangolins Rodents Lagomorphs Elephant shrews
Birds
Introducing birds
Ratites and tinamous
Penguins Divers and grebes
Albatrosses and petrels
Pelicans Herons Waterfowl Birds of prey
Gamebirds Cranes Waders Pigeons Parrots and cockatoos
Cuckoos and turacos Owls Nightjars and frogmouths
Hummingbirds and swifts
Mousebirds and trogons
Kingfishers Woodpeckers and toucans
Passerines
Reptiles
Introducing reptiles
Tortoises and turtles
Crocodilians Lizards Snakes
Amphibians
Introducing amphibians
Salamanders and newts
Caecilians Frogs and toads
Fishes
Introducing fishes
Jawless fishes
Sharks and rays
Bony fishes
Fleshy-finned fishes
Lungfishes Bonytongues Eels and tarpons
Sardines Catfishes Salmon Dragonfishes Lanternfishes Cod and anglerfishes
Spiny-rayed fishes
Invertebrates
Introducing invertebrates
Sponges Cnidarians Jellies Worms Spiders Centipedes and millipedes
Crustaceans Mollusks Echinoderms Insects
Glossary
Index
Contributors
Acknowledgments
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