Marine Mammals Of The World: A Comprehensive Guide To Their Identification by Thomas A. Jefferson

Marine Mammals Of The World: A Comprehensive Guide To Their Identification

byThomas A. Jefferson, Marc A. Webber, Robert L. Pitman

Paperback | August 29, 2015

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This new edition ofMarine Mammals of the Worlddescribes and illustrates newly discovered and rarely photographed species, making it the most comprehensive and up-to-date identification guide available.

This edition continues to meet the research-focused needs of marine biologists and conservation biologists by providing a tremendous influx of new photos, taking advantage of advances in digital and auto-focusing photography, and the emergence of marine mammal studies and "whalewatching" around the world. The book encompasses cetacean, pinniped, and sirenian species, as well as extinct species, and describes basic biology and taxonomic groupings of marine mammals.



  • Contains superb photographs of every species of marine mammal for accurate identification
  • Authors possess nearly 80 years of collective experience with almost all of the species and distinctive geographic forms described in the guide
  • Provides the most detailed and anatomically accurate illustrations currently available, including more than 750 new illustrations
  • Special emphasis is placed on the identification of species in "problem groups," such as the beaked whales, long-beaked oceanic dolphins, and southern fur seals
  • Includes a detailed list of sources for more information
  • Contains updated taxonomy including four new species

About The Author

Thomas A. Jefferson, Ph.D. is a marine mammal biologist and director of Clymene Enterprises, inLakeside, California. He has been studying marine mammals around the world since 1983, and has traveledwidely in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Australasia in pursuit of his work. His primary focus is on the populationbiology and taxonomy of...
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Title:Marine Mammals Of The World: A Comprehensive Guide To Their IdentificationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:616 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:August 29, 2015Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0124095429

ISBN - 13:9780124095427

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

2. Basic Marine Mammal Biology

3. Taxonomic Groupings Above the Species Level

4. Cetacean Species Accounts

5. Pinniped Species Accounts

6. Sirenian and Other Species Accounts

7. Extinct Species Accounts

8. Dichotomous Identification Keys

9. Summaries of Characters for Similar Species

10. Glossary of Technical Terms

11. References and Sources for More Information

12. Index