Handbook of Mammals of Madagascar

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AutorNick Garbutt
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Erscheinungsjahr  2022

Madagascar is home to one of the most remarkable assemblages of mammals on earth. Millions of years of isolation has resulted in the evolution of a suite of species that are exceptional for two major reasons. Firstly, every native non-volant species (approximately 210 species) is endemic. No other island or place on earth boasts such a combination of species richness and endemism. And secondly, these mammals have evolved an extraordinary diversity of body forms and lifestyles often displaying significant convergence with forms elsewhere but also at times evolving utterly unique features.

Handbook of the Mammals of Madagascar describes all 217 native species, including bats, tenres, mice and lemurs, and a small number of introduced, non-native species. Species accounts are subdivided into sections covering description and identification, habitat and distribution (including distribution maps), behaviour and where to see. Over the past 15 years, major advances in research have been made into the island's mammal fauna and species accounts include all the latest information.

Supporting chapters cover the island's regions and habitats, threats to mammals, conservation and important mammal watching sites. There is also a section covering the bizarre extinct mammal fauna.

Throughout, the book is illustrated with exceptional, high-quality photography, often featuring species rarely photographed previously.

Table of Contents
How to Use the Handbook

How Did Mammals Arrive in Madagascar?

Regions and Habitats of Madagascar
Lowland Rainforest and Littoral Forest
Mid-Elevation Montane Rainforest
High-Elevation Montane Rainforest
Sclerophyllous Forest and High Mountain Thicket
Seasonal Humid Forest (Sambirano)
Dry Deciduous Forest
Subarid Thorn Scrub or Spiny Forest
Grasslands and Palm Savannahs

The Species Conundrum
Classification of the Extant Mammals of Madagascar
Tenrecs, Order Afrosoricida
Family Tenrecidae
Subfamily Tenrecinae
Subfamily Geogalinae
Subfamily Oryzorictinae

Bats, Order Chiroptera
Suborder Pteropodiformes (Yinpterochiroptera)
Family Pteropodidae
Family Rhinonycteridae
Family Hipposideridae

Suborder Vespertilioniformes (Yangoterochiroptera)
Family Emballonuridae
Family Nycteridae
Family Myzopodidae
Family Molossidae
Family Miniopteridae
Family Vespertilionidae

Lemurs, Order Primates
Infraorder Lemuriformes
Family Cheirogaleidae
Family Lepilemuridae
Family Lemuridae
Family Indriidae
Infraorder Chiromyiformes
Family Daubentoniidae

Malagasy Carnivorans, Order Carnivora
Family Eupleridae
Subfamily Eupleriinae
Subfamily Galidiinae

Rodents, Order Rodentia
Family Nesomyidae
Subfamily Nesomyinae

Non-Native Mammals
Non-Native Rodents
Old World Rats and Mice
Non-Native Carnivorans
True Civets
Domestic Dogs
Feral Cats
Non-Native Insectivores
Hoofed Mammals
Wild Pigs
Domestic Stock

Threats to Madagascar's Mammals
Habitat Loss and Fragmentation
Habitat Degradation
Mining Operations
Hunting and Bushment
The Illegal Pet Trade
Intrusion by Non-Native Species

Conservation and the Island's Protected Areas
Parks and Reserves

Important Mammal Watching Sites
Rainforest Areas
Deciduous Forest Areas
Spiny Forest Areas

The Extinct Mammal Fauna
Middle Jurassic Mammals
Late Cretaceous Mammals
Quaternary Mammals
Order Bibymalagasia
Order Afrosoricida
Order Chiroptera
Order Primates
Infraorder Lemuriformes
Order Carnivora
Order Artiodactyla
Order Rodentia
Classification of Extinct Subfossil Mammals

Species Checklists
General Bibliography
Photo Credits




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