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Mammals of Indiana
A Field Guide
Published by: Indiana University Press
This pocket-sized field guide to native Indiana mammals offers color photos, skull close-ups, and range maps, along with descriptions and clues to finding and identifying all mammals indigenous to the area—and even a few that are not, but can now be found in the state. In addition to detailing Indiana's wild, mostly small, secretive, and nocturnal mammals, John O. Whitaker, Jr., describes the region's habitats, climate, and vegetation. Mammals of Indiana: A Field Guide precisely identifies the creatures you are likely to encounter while hiking a trail, camping in a state park, or picnicking in your own backyard. Whether you are a biologist, veterinarian, wildlife manager, or simply a nature enthusiast, this guide is certain to be a welcome companion during your next outdoor adventure.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments
Indiana's State Mammal—a Proposal
In Memory of the Recently Extirpated Native Species
Species of Questionable Recent Occurrence
Species List of Indiana Mammals
Introduction: Purpose and Plan of the Book
Indiana: An Overview
The Indiana Landscape
Indiana's Major Habitats
Ecological Relationships of Mammals
Naming and Identifying Mammals
How Mammals Are Named
How Mammals Are Identified
Use of Keys
Species Accounts Listed by Family
Order SORICOMORPHA—Shrews and Moles
Order LAGOMORPHA—Hares, Rabbits, and Allies
Order RODENTIA—Rodents or Gnawing Mammals
Order CARNIVORA—Flesh Eaters
English-Metric Measurements Conversion
John O. Whitaker, Jr., is Professor of Biology at Indiana State University and author (with Russell E. Mumford) of Mammals of Indiana (2nd edition, IUP, 2009); Keys to the Vertebrates of the Eastern United States; and The Audubon Guide to Mammals of North America.
"Fifty-nine native mammal species currently live in Indiana, and eight species have been extirpated there. Whitaker (Indiana State Univ.) has produced a handsome, handy field guide for these midwestern mammals. This pocket guide has descriptions of all these species, including color animal and skull photos and distribution maps for each. Photos of habitats, trails, cuttings, burrows, nests, roosts, lodges, dams, mounds, pellets, and food items augment some descriptions . . . . The guide's sections cover landscape and habitats, mammal ecology, scientific names, mammal identification, instructions on using the keys, identification keys, and species accounts (by family). The keys include helpful drawings and photos to illustrate identifying features, though some figures could have been described in more detail in their legends. Each species account covers taxonomy, distinguishing features and measurements, skull, dental formula, habitat, food, reproduction, range, habits, and comments. The guide concludes with a metric measurements conversion table, comprehensive 20-page glossary, extensive citation list, and relatively brief index. The book's stated purpose is to help people identify Indianan mammals, and the combination of text, photos, and maps therein should allow any reader interested in midwestern mammals to do so. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Academic and general audiences, all levels; mammalogy professionals. — Choice"~E. J. Sargis, Yale University
"Whitaker has produced a handsome, handy field guide for these midwestern mammals."~Choice
"John Whitaker is certainly the person to write this book! His long career dedicated to study of the mammals in Indiana and his experience in writing books such as this put him in excellent position to author this book."~Don E. Wilson, Senior Scientist and Curator of Mammals, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution