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Mammals of India [Paperback]

Vivek Menon

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Aug. 16 2009 Princeton Field Guides

The vast and beautiful Indian subcontinent is home to an incredibly rich diversity of mammals, including mighty tigers, elephants, and rhinos, as well as primates, pandas, hyenas, and many more. Mammals of India is the most comprehensive and field-ready illustrated guide to Indian mammals available. It covers 400 species--virtually every mammal known to exist in India--and includes more than 350 full-color photographs as well as 85 color distribution maps for easy reference to India's largest and most majestic species. The detailed text, written by one of India's leading wildlife authorities, describes key identification features, biometrics, behavior, and status. There's also an invaluable section on similar species for hard-to-identify mammals such as bats and rodents. This durable and user-friendly photographic guide is designed especially for use in the field, but it's also the ideal book for armchair adventurers.

  • Covers 400 species--virtually every mammal known to exist in India
  • Includes more than 350 color photographs
  • Provides an authoritative text describing key identification features and more
  • Features 85 color distribution maps
  • Designed especially for field use

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (Aug. 16 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691140677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691140674
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #582,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This slim volume by Menon (executive director, Wildlife Trust of India) contains an extraordinary amount of information. Intended as a field guide for the nonprofessional, it fulfills that role well."--Choice

"This is an excellent and much needed modern guide. It might not be detailed enough for a serious researcher, but it is great for the visitor. It is easy to use, with a lot of quality information packed into a book that only measures 21.5 x 14 x 1 cms. . . . Buy the book and visit India soon."--Roy John, Canadian Field Naturalist

"Mammals of India is . . . a useful introduction to the large variety of mammals inhabiting the Indian subcontinent and the waters around its shores. For first-time visitors it provides a taste of the mammalian fauna of the country and where specific animals might be expected to be found. I know of no other pocket guide that fills this niche."--James A. Matteoni, Discovery

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"This handsome volume is ideal for naturalists and sufficiently thorough to be valuable to professional mammalogists. With superior visuals, informative text, and sound scholarship throughout, Mammals of India is beyond compare. This is an exceptional little book."--Andrew T. Smith, coeditor of A Guide to the Mammals of China

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2.0 out of 5 stars Skimpy information Nov. 11 2010
By Dog Man - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been looking for a field guide to India's mammals for years. While this book covers the topic, it is rather short on information about the various animals. While Princeton's Field Guide to Marine Mammals, for example, provides extensive information about each species, the information in this book is limited to minimal blurbs. While there are probably too many Indian mammals to include as extensive information on each as the marine mammal guide, a better balance should have been struck.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful field guide for nature lover June 6 2012
By ScudAg56 - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently used this on a safari to India. The book is extremely well-organized, with useful info, photos and maps located together, estimated population (in India) and lists of the best parks to see each animal. I would love to see other field guides written and organized like this one. I will point out that there are some errors in weights of whales (hardly the reason I went to India), such as saying the Blue Whale reaches a maximum weight of 20,000 Kg, off by a zero.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. March 17 2013
By Harry V. Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book, good descriptions and maps. Ideal size to take with you to India. I'd recommend this to professional biologists or anyone with an interest in wildlife.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Critters of India Dec 17 2010
By Patrick M. Collins - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great field Guide to the Mammals of India. The layout of the book is easy to follow, has great decriptions of where various Mammals are found across the Country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Small and thorough March 20 2013
By NV Birder - Published on Amazon.com
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Haven't used it yet. I will know better after my future trip to India. So far the best part of it is that it is small, lightweight and a great size for carrying in the field. Love the Princeton Field Guide Series.

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