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There is an astounding amount of information packed into this book, clearly demonstrating the breadth of knowledge by the authors. -- Lawrence Heaney, Curator and Head of the Division of Mammals, The Field Museum (Chicago)

Table of Contents

PrefaceAbbreviationsTaxonomic IntroductionPaleontologyAnatomyEcology, Behavior, and ConservationSpecies AccountsRatufinaeRatufaSciurillinaeSciurillusSciurinaeSciuriniMicrosciurusRheithrosciurusSciurusSyntheosciurusTamiasciurusPteromyiniAeretesAeromysBelomysBiswamoyopterusEoglaucomysEupetaurusGlaucomysHylopetesIomysPetaurillusPetauristaPetinomysPteromysPteromyscusTrogopterusCallosciurinaeCallosciurusDremomysExilisciurusFunambulusGlyphotesHyosciurusLariscusMenetesNannosciurusProsciurillusRhinosciurusRubrisciurusSundasciurusTamiopsXerinaeXeriniAtlantoxerusSpermophilopsisXerusProtoxeriniEpixerusFunisciurusHeliosciurusMyosciurusParaxerusProtoxerusMarmotiniAmmospermophilusCallospermophilusCynomysIctidomysMarmotaNotocitellusOtospermophilusPoliocitellusSciurotamiasSpermophilusTamiasUrocitellusXerospermophilusAppendix: Representative Skulls of Each Squirrel GenusReferencesIndex

About the Author

Richard W. Thorington, Jr., is a curator of mammals at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History and the author of Squirrels: The Animal Answer Guide, also published by Johns Hopkins University Press. John L. Koprowski is a professor at the Wildlife and Fisheries Resources School of Natural Resources at the University of Arizona. Michael A. Steele is a professor in the Department of Biology at Wilkes University and is co-author, with Koprowski, of North American Tree Squirrels. James F. Whatton is a research assistant at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.


As a comprehensive guide, the book is quite informative, easy to use, beautifully designed, and an excellent resource for anyone interested in this family of mammals. -- Selma Glasscock * The Wildlife Society Southwest Section Newsletter *
This thorough guide to the squirrel family profiles 285 species, including not only the tree and flying squirrels, but also chipmunks, ground squirrels (including prairie dogs), and marmots. * Choice *
Squirrels of the World does a wonderful job at surveying this charismatic group of animals... The photographs in this book are worth the cost of the book themselves. -- Randy Lauff * Canadian Field-Naturalist *
This is a wonderful book with hundreds of full-color photographs packed with loads of information on the 285 known living species of squirrels found all over the world. -- Sonu Chandiram * Biz India Magazine *
The heart of this book is an account of each of the 285 species of squirrels... The photographs and color range maps give the book a striking and handsome appearance... excellent treatment of the squirrel family. -- Kenneth Armitage * Quarterly Review of Biology *
Squirrels of the World provides an excellent guide to the present state of scientific knowledge of the Sciuridae, but also sheds light on the degree of ignorance that remains. -- Nicholas Gould * International Zoo News *
Still think you know all you need to about the Sciuridae? What tree squirrel specializes in ant-eating, and has a distinct skull with a long snout? What bushy-tailed tree squirrel weighs only around 15 g, the size of a deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus)? I'm not going to tell you. Buy the book. -- Edward J. Heske * Journal of Mammology *
If you need a squirrel inventory, this is a good one. And it's nice to feel that this type of catalogue is still appearing in print rather than on some obscure website of doubtful reliability. The back cover 'blurb' reveals the authors' impeccable institutional affiliations. -- Pat Morrie * Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society *
A guide to the squirrels of the world is long overdue. This one is information rich, clearly written and beautifully presented. It incorporates an extensive bibliography (well over 1,500 references), discussions about important squirrel biology topics, critical conservation information, a large array of images and a massive collection of species-dependent information. -- Clay E. Corbin * African Journal of Ecology *
As a teacher of mammalogy, this is a valuable contribution and I expect that I will use it while preparing multiple lectures for my courses. As a squirrel devotee, I am sure this I will return to many of the species accounts to glean more information and thereby bolster my enthusiasm for these fascinating animals. -- Eileen A. Lacey * Journal of Mammalian Evolution *

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