Biology and Conservation of Musteloids by David W. MacdonaldBiology and Conservation of Musteloids by David W. Macdonald

Biology and Conservation of Musteloids

EditorDavid W. Macdonald, Christopher Newman, Lauren A. Harrington

Paperback | November 18, 2017

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The musteloids are the most diverse super-family among carnivores, ranging from little known, exotic, and highly-endangered species to the popular and familiar, and include a large number of introduced invasives. They feature terrestrial, fossorial, arboreal, and aquatic members, ranging fromtenacious predators to frugivorous omnivores, span weights from a 100g weasel to 30kg giant otters, and express a range of social behaviours from the highly gregarious to the fiercely solitary. Musteloids are the subjects of extensive cutting-edge research from phylogenetics to the evolution ofsociality and through to the practical implications of disease epidemiology, introduced species management, and climate change. Their diversity and extensive biogeography inform a wide spectrum of ecological theory and conservation practice.The editors of this book have used their combined 90 years of experience working on the behaviour and ecology of wild musteloids to draw together a unique network of the world's most successful and knowledgeable experts. The book begins with nine review chapters covering hot topics in musteloidbiology including evolution, disease, social communication, and management. These are followed by twenty extensive case studies providing a range of comprehensive geographic and taxonomic coverage. The final chapter synthesises what has been discussed in the book, and reflects on the different anddiverse conservation needs of musteloids and the wealth of conservation lessons they offer.Biology and Conservation of Musteloids provides a conceptual framework for future research and applied conservation management that is suitable for graduate level students as well as professional researchers in musteloid and carnivore ecology and conservation biology. It will also be of relevanceand use to conservationists and wildlife managers.
Professor David Macdonald CBE has been Director of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at the University of Oxford since founding it in 1986, and is also Senior Research Fellow in Wildlife Conservation at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. He is Professor of Wildlife Conservation at the University of Oxford, has held the A.D. White Profes...
Title:Biology and Conservation of MusteloidsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:672 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.03 inPublished:November 18, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: Reviews1. Dramatis personae: an introduction to the wild musteloids, David W. Macdonald, Chris Newman, and Lauren A. Harrington2. The evolutionary history and molecular systematics of the Musteloidea, Klaus-Peter Koepfli, Jerry W. Dragoo, and Xiaoming Wang3. Form and function of the musteloids, Andrew C. Kitchener, Carlo Meloro, and Terrie M. Williams4. The population dynamics of bite-sized predators: prey dependence, territoriality and mobility, Xavier Lambin5. Communication amongst the musteloids: Signs, signals, and cues, Christina Buesching and Theodore Stankowich6. Musteloid sociology: the grass-roots of society, David W. Macdonald and Chris Newman7. People and wild native musteloids, Lauren A. Harrington, Jorgelina Marino, and Carolyn M. King8. Stink or swim - techniques to meet the challenges for the study and conservation of small critters that hide, swim or climb and may otherwise make themselves unpleasant, Roger A. Powell, Stephen Ellwood, Roland Kays, and Tiit Maran9. Musteloid Diseases - Implications for conservation and species management, Chris Newman and Andrew BrynePart II: Case studies10. Small mustelids in New Zealand: invasion ecology down-under, Carolyn M. King, Grant Norbury, and Andrew J. Veale11. The fisher as a model organism, Roger A Powell, Aaron N Facka, Mourad W Gabriel, Jonathan H Gilbert, J Mark Higley, Scott LaPoint, Nicholas P McCann, Wayne Spencer, and Craig M Thompson12. Quantifying loss and degradation of former American Marten habitat due to the impacts of forestry operations and associated road networks in northern Idaho, USA, Samuel A. Cushman and Tzeidle N. Wasserman13. Asian badgers - the same, only different: How diversity among badger societies informs socio-ecological theory and challenges conservation, Youbing Zhou, Chris Newman, Yayoi Kaneko, Christina D. Buesching, Wenwen Chen, Zhao-Min Zhou, Zongqiang Xie, and David W. Macdonald14. The Bornean carnivore community: Lessons from a little-known guild, Joanna Ross, Andrew J. Hearn, and David W. Macdonald15. Evolution, natural history, and conservation of black-footed ferrets, Dean E. Biggins and David A. Eads16. Control of an invasive species: the American mink in the UK, Elaine J. Fraser, Lauren A. Harrington, David W. Macdonald, and Xavier Lambin17. European mink - restoration attempts for a species on the brink of extinction, Tiit Maran, Madis Podra, Lauren A. Harrington, and David W. Macdonald18. Social ethology of the wolverine, Jeffrey P. Copeland, Arild Landa, Kimberly Heinemeyer, Keith B. Aubry, Jiska van Dijk, Roel May, Jens Persson, John Squires, and Richard Yates19. Ecotypic variation affects the conservation of American badgers endangered along their northern range extent, Rich D. Weir, Trevor A. Kinley, Richard W. Klafki, and Clayton D. Apps20. European badgers and the control of bovine tuberculosis in Great Britain, Rosie Woodroffe and Christl A. Donnelly21. Meline mastery of meteorological mayhem: The effects of climate changeability on European badger population dynamics, Chris Newman, Christina D. Buesching, and David W. Macdonald22. Giant otters: using knowledge of life history for conservation, Jessica Groenendijk, Frank Hajek, Paul J. Johnson, David W. Macdonald23. Advances in the physiology, behaviour and ecology of sea otters, James A. Estes, M. Tim Tinker, and Terrie M. Williams24. Competition and coexistence in sympatric skunks, Christine C. Hass and Jerry W. Dragoo25. Range decline and landscape ecology of the eastern spotted skunk, Matthew E. Gompper26. Kinkajou - the tree top specialist, Melody Brooks and Roland Kays27. On the mortality and management of a ubiquitous musteloid: the common racoon, Samuel I. Zeveloff28. Causes and consequences of coati sociality, Ben T. Hirsch and Matthew E. Gompper29. Conservation genetics of red pandas in the wild, Yibo Hu, Dunwu Qi, and Fuwen WeiPart III: Synthesis30. Beneath the umbrella: Conservation out of the limelight, David W. Macdonald, Chris Newman, and Lauren A. Harrington