Handbook of Marine Mammals: The Second Book of Dolphins and the Porpoises

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Sam H. Ridgway, Richard Harrison, Richard John Harrison
Elsevier, Oct 7, 1998 - Nature - 486 pages
Some of the world's most beautiful, intelligent and highly adapted mammals inhabit our seas and oceans, and have stirred the human imagination for many centuries. As our knowledge of marine mammals grows, the need exists for a reliable and complete reference to the ecology and biology of these fascinating creatures. The Handbook of Marine Mammals series was founded with this in mind and now reaches its conclusion with this sixth and final volume. Within the pages of this classic series, scientists, conservationists and informed layperson alike can find the definitive review of all the world's whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, sea lions, and related species as well as sea otters and sea cows.
Volume 6 covers the remaining dolphins and porpoises in a series of 17 chapters, each written by a specialist author with extensive personal research experience of the species. Each chapter provides a description of the species, and includes sections on the aspects of distribution and abundance, anatomy, physiology, behavior, reproduction, parasites and diseases and the impact of human activity on the animal's population and well-being. Numerous maps, photos and drawings illustrate the text.

  • Concludes this major definitive series
  • A standard reference work on all of the world's marine mammals, their anatomy, distribution, ecology, and behavior
  • The most up-to-date research in a concise reference form
  • Numerous photos of live and specimen animals, skulls, and anatomical details, plus distribution maps
  • Text specifically deals with conservation and management issues

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Atlantic Whitesided Dolphin Lagenorhynchus acutus
Pacific Whitesided Dolphin Lagenorhynchus obliquidens
Dusky Dolphin Lagenorhynchus obscurus Gray 1828
Peales Dolphin Lagenorhynchus australis Peale 1848
P J CLAPHAM 379 393 Smithsonian Institution NHB 390 MRC 108
Hourglass Dolphin Lagenorhynchus cruciger
E DAHLHEIM 281 National Marine Mammal Laboratory National
Rissos Dolphin Grampusgriseus G Cuvier 1812
K ODELL 213 Sea World Inc 7007 Sea World Drive Orlando
Killer Whale Orcinus orca Linnaeus 1758
Harbour Porpoise Phocoenaphocoena Linnaeus 1758
Vaquita Phocoena sinus Norris and McFarland 1958
Spectacled Porpoise Phocoena dioptrica Lahille 1912
Burmeisters Porpoise Phocoena spinipinnis Burmeister 1865
Finless Porpoise Neophocaenaphocaenoides G Cuvier 1829
Dalls Porpoise Phocoenoides dalli True 1885

False Killer Whale Pseudorca crassidens Owen 1846
J LIEN 1 Whales Research Group Memorial University of Newfoundland
Pilot Whales Globicephala Lesson 1828

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