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The Encyclopedia of Mammals

Edited by David W. Macdonald

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780199206087
Published online January 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191728051 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acref/9780199206087.001.0001
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Aardvark

Rudi J. van Aarde.

in The Encyclopedia of Mammals

January 2006; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences. 1361 words.

Few people have had the fortune of a close encounter with the aardvark, one of Africa's most bizarre and specialized

African Mole Rats

Jenny U. M. Jarvis.

in The Encyclopedia of Mammals

January 2006; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences. 2873 words.

While african mole rats may not be the most aesthetically pleasing creatures in the animal kingdom, they nonetheless rank among

African Wild Dog

John McNutt.

in The Encyclopedia of Mammals

January 2006; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences. 1988 words.

With no more sound than a breeze stirring leaves in a dry woodland, a pack of African wild dogs roams

American Black Bear

David L. Garshelis.

in The Encyclopedia of Mammals

January 2006; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences. 1201 words.

American black bears are by far the most common bear – in fact, they are probably twice as numerous as

American Opossums

Margaret A. O'Connell.

in The Encyclopedia of Mammals

January 2006; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences. 4237 words.

When marsupials were introduced to Europeans for the first time in 1500 ad, it was in the shape of

Anteaters

Virginia Naples.

in The Encyclopedia of Mammals

January 2006; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences. 2364 words.

Anteaters feed exclusively on social insects, primarily ants and termites. Their adaptations to this diet affect not only masticatory and

Anteaters and Relatives

Christopher R. Dickman.

in The Encyclopedia of Mammals

January 2006; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences. 1359 words.

The term edentates, often used to describe a group of niche food specialists is a misnomer. Firstly, it contradicts the

Apes

Robert D. Martin.

in The Encyclopedia of Mammals

January 2006; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences. 1243 words.

The apes are our closest relatives, and together with Homo sapiens comprise the superfamily Hominoidea, the largest living primates. The

Armadillos

Colleen M. McDonough and W. Jim Loughry.

in The Encyclopedia of Mammals

January 2006; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences. 3193 words.

Armadillos are one of the oldest, and oddest, groups of mammals. Because of the tough protective carapace they all possess,

Aye‐aye

Peter Kappeler.

in The Encyclopedia of Mammals

January 2006; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences. 974 words.

One of the most distinctive mammals, the aye‐aye is the only living member of its family. It has such unique

Badgers

Rosie B. Woodroffe, David W. Macdonald, Colleen Begg and Keith Begg.

in The Encyclopedia of Mammals

January 2006; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences. 2901 words.

Badgers are stockily built mustelids that are widely distributed in the northern hemisphere. They originated in the forests of Asia

Baleen Whales

Peter G. H. Evans.

in The Encyclopedia of Mammals

January 2006; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences. 1139 words.

The suborder mysticeti, or baleen whales, contains relatively few living species, but they make up for their paucity by their

Bandicoots

Greg Gordon and John H. Seebeck.

in The Encyclopedia of Mammals

January 2006; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences. 2978 words.

Bandicoots are ratlike marsupials, agile, with long noses and tails. They share a common name and ancestry with the rabbit-eared

Bats

Gareth Jones.

in The Encyclopedia of Mammals

January 2006; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences. 19829 words.

Bats are extraordinary creatures. they are exemplary mothers, and some also care for each other's young; they can fly at

Beaked Whales

Colin MacLeod.

in The Encyclopedia of Mammals

January 2006; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences. 3898 words.

The beaked whales are one of the less-well-known families of large mammals. Two new species have been described since 1990

Bear Family

David L. Garshelis.

in The Encyclopedia of Mammals

January 2006; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences. 1390 words.

The bear family (ursidae) contains the largest terrestrial carnivores – brown bears and polar bears – although brown bears are

Beavers

Peter Busher and Göran Hartman.

in The Encyclopedia of Mammals

January 2006; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences. 2709 words.

Few wild animals have had as great an influence on the world's history and economics as the beaver. Exploration of

Beluga and Narwhal

Tony Martin and Peter Brotherton.

in The Encyclopedia of Mammals

January 2006; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences. 2221 words.

Belugas and narwhals, the so-called white whales, are among the most social of all cetaceans. A large aggregation of brilliant

Brown Bear

David L. Garshelis.

in The Encyclopedia of Mammals

January 2006; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences. 1876 words.

Judging by the scientific name of the species – Ursus arctos – which means “bear” twice over, first in Latin

Bush Babies, Lorises, and Pottos

Paul Honess.

in The Encyclopedia of Mammals

January 2006; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences. 4187 words.

Bush babies – also known as galagos – lorises, and pottos are nocturnal. They resemble the lemurs, with whom they