The Mammals of Texas

11 Jan

The Mammals of Texas

The Mammals of Texas

Language: English

Pages: 608

ISBN: 1477308865

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

From reviews of previous editions:

"This is the standard reference about Texas mammals." —Wildlife Activist

"A must for anyone seriously interested in the wildlife of Texas." —Texas Outdoor Writers Association News

"[This book] easily fills the role of both a field guide and a desk reference, and is written in a style that appeals to the professional biologist and amateur naturalist alike. . . . [It] should prove useful to anyone with an interest in the mammal fauna of Texas or the southern Great Plains." —Prairie Naturalist

The Mammals of Texas has been the standard reference since the first edition was coauthored by William B. Davis and Walter P. Taylor in 1947. Revised several times over the succeeding decades, it remains the most authoritative source of information on the mammalian wildlife of Texas, with physical descriptions and life histories for 202 species, abundant photographs and drawings, and distribution maps.

In this new edition, David J. Schmidly is joined by one of the most active researchers on Texas mammals, Robert D. Bradley, to provide a thorough update of the taxonomy, distribution, and natural history of all species of wild mammals that inhabit Texas today. Using the most recent advances in molecular biology and in wildlife ecology and management, the authors include the most current information about the scientific nomenclature, taxonomy, and identification of species, while also covering significant advances in natural history and conservation.













the only personatus-type gopher in south Texas to have a diploid number of 72. Also, streckeri is unique in hosting the louse Geomydoecus truncatus, which has not been discovered in populations of personatus that host two other species of Geomydoecus. Llano Pocket Gopher Geomys texensis Merriam Description. A cryptic species with G. bursarius and G. knoxjonesi. Morphologically, the Llano pocket gopher is slightly smaller than the plains pocket gopher, but biochemical study is required to

responsible for hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. Several people, particularly on the High Plains of Texas, have died from this virus and anyone finding this mouse in their residence should be very careful. This species has a tendency to inhabit old cabins and buildings, and one should watch for these mice, or evidence of their presence, when cleaning such structures. Northern Rock Mouse Peromyscus nasutus (J. A. Allen) Description. A rather large, long-tailed, grayish buff mouse; tail sharply

occasionally they may tunnel through leaf litter and loose, damp soil, much as do moles, in search of food. The home proper is a small underground burrow or a series of shallow runways under flat stones or fallen logs. Burrows excavated in east-central Texas were about 2.5 cm in diameter, from 25 cm to 1.5 m long, and seldom more than 20 cm below the surface at the deepest point. Each burrow had an enlarged chamber at the end or in a side branch for the nest, which was composed of dry, shredded

habits are not well known. It is expert at climbing trees, in which it is likely to be found resting during the day. The margay spends some of its time foraging in trees catching birds and small mammals, but also captures prey on the ground. Its reported prey include monkeys, tamarins, sloths, squirrels, opossums, birds, rats and smaller mammals, various reptiles and amphibians, and domestic chickens. Little is known about the reproductive habits of margays. They appear to be sexually mature at

6 to 12 months of age. Females normally give birth to a litter of just one or two kittens after a gestation period of 9 to 12 weeks. Conservation Status. This species is extinct in Texas, having been known on the basis of a single specimen taken near Eagle Pass sometime before 1852. It presently is known from tropical eastern and western Mexico southward to Paraguay and northern Argentina. One of the smallest of American spotted cats, it is regarded as endangered throughout its range. Remarks.

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