This illustrated checklist describes and illustrates every mammal species found in Madagascar, as well as those of the nearby Indian Ocean islands of the Comoros, the Seychelles, Reunion and Mauritius.
Madagascar is one of the world's highest-priority Biodiversity Hotspots given the amazing diversity of its flora and fauna and its long list of extraordinary endemic species. It is one of the world's four major regions for primates, with 108 endemic species of lemur. Given Madagascar's unique biodiversity, and the relative ease with which it can be observed and enjoyed, it should be one of the world's premier ecotourism destinations.
Although not a traditional Field Guide, this book will equip residents and visitors to the region with an easy-to-use resource that will allow them to quickly learn about the 253 terrestrial and marine mammals that occur in the area.
This book is part of the Lynx Illustrated Checklists collection, created from the vast wealth of data, illustrations and maps compiled for the series Handbook of the Mammals of the World, that has been distilled into useful and portable books for your visit to a specific destination.
Covering the 253 mammal species occurring naturally in Madagascar, as well as 13 others restricted to the neighbouring islands.
Texts for each species include common names in English and French; scientific names; conservation status according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species; the most relevant details about habitats occupied; and brief descriptive notes.
Each species account is accompanied by one or more illustrations and a distribution map.
Two separate sections deal with the land mammals of the neighbouring islands and mammals introduced to the region by humans.
Also included is a table of selected sites for observing mammals in Madagascar, together with a note of some of the highlight species for each site.
To further stimulate mammal life-listing, convenient checklists are provided for Madagascar and each island group, where you can mark the species that you personally have seen in the wild.