The order Rodentia make up almost half of the species of mammals. These families will be split over two volumes: Volume 6: Lagomorphs and Rodents I, and Volume 7: Rodents II, in order to include maximum information and illustrations. Volume 6 will include all of the families of rodents other than Cricetidae and Muridae, plus the order Lagomorpha, which includes rabbits and pikas. This radiation includes some 35 families, which have spread around the globe, occupying every continent except Antarctica, and countless islands in all major oceans. As usual, the text includes up-to-date information on every species, and each species is illustrated. Each family account includes color photographs documenting a variety of behaviors of these diverse and interesting mammals. This volume also includes a Special Chapter: An overview of rodents, including chapters on morphology, taxonomy, and evolutionary history; why rodents are studied; and tools for studying them.
Following in the footsteps of the highly lauded Handbook of the Birds of the World series, the Handbook of the Mammals of the World is expected to be an extraordinary and unique project. To be completed over the next several years in nine volumes, it will illustrate and describe in detail every mammalian species on the planet.
Families covered in Volume 6: Order Lagomorpha. 2 families, 12 genera, 92 species. Order Rodentia. Suborder Castorimorpha: 3 families, 13 genera, 109 species; Suborder Anomaluromorpha: 2 families, 4 genera, 9 species; Suborder Hystricomorpha: 17 families, 71 genera, 275 species; Suborder Sciuromorpha: 3 families, 69 genera, 314 species. We will continue to offer pre-publication discounts on future volumes. Contact us to inquire about the pre-order discount price.