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Handbook of the Mammals of the World

Discussion in 'TV, Movies, Books about Zoos & Wildlife' started by Hix, 7 Jan 2009.

  1. TeaLovingDave

    TeaLovingDave Moderator Staff Member

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    My copy arrived this morning :) interestingly, the references and full index are not included in the main body of the book, being found on an enclosed CD-ROM, due to space constraints. For similar reasons, the species and family accounts have been substantially abridged from the initial drafts - apparently the book would have topped 1200 pages without these edits.
     
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    HOLY ****!

    Yeah, as much as I would like one of these nifty-looking books, I can't afford it.
     
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  3. Dassie rat

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    Perhaps you could afford the book if you collected and sold bat guano as fertiliser.
     
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  4. twilighter

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    Mine hasn't arrived, yet. How are the Plates ? How do you feel , about the new guy Ilian Velikov ?
     
  5. TeaLovingDave

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    The plates seem pretty good, from all artists concerned :)
     
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    I read on Birdforum that they are planning an Illustrated Checklist of Mammals (just as they did with the birds). The primate illustrations will be done by Ilian Velikov, a Bulgarian artist who has a beautiful style and has already contributed significantly to the Bats volume of HMW (among other field guides). One wonders why they did not have the wisdom to let the plates in the original HMW primates book be drawn by somebody who can actually draw animals.

    It also makes me wonder what kind of taxonomy they will follow or whether it will be the same inconsistent approach taken until now.
     
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    Now, now :p it was only really the apes that were illustrated poorly! The prosimian ones were very good, too.
     
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    I’m so glad I waited it out! The plates were more or less the entire reason I wanted this set, but I’ve still never had the money to spare on the volumes I wanted years later, and was hoping for either a single book dedicated to them, or a subscription based website like HBW Online (soon to be shifted to a different site and title, now). I’d happily splurge on a single book with all the plates.
     
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    Is the new book going to include species discovered since HBW began?
     
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    According to the first book of a new series of Regional Illustrated checklists from Lynx, it is said that the upcoming Illustrated Checklist of the Mammals of the World will include the most recent changes and the new species described since the publication of the respective HMW volume. It also says that they will update and homogenize the taxonomic treatment followed in the HMW series.
     
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    Let's hope the last sentence doesn't mean 100 species of Red Deer...
     
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    I got message in FB from Lynx, that they are planing "regional checklists of many regions" and I assume most of them will appear before the earlier mentioned "eagerly awaited Checklist of the Mammals of the World".
     
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    They have already started on these. I know there is one just out for "Mammals of the Southern Cone: Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay"

    Kind of wish they'd started with areas which weren't covered in other works though - e.g. there is Mammals of South America which although clearly not of any use as a field guide still covers all the mammals (albeit not with the HBW taxonomy) and can be used pre-trip for making up notes, whereas somewhere like most of Indonesia doesn't have anything usable.
     
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