eBook The Britannica Guide to Predators and Prey: Rats, Bats, and Xenarthrans, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1615304096
  • ISBN-13: 9781615304097
  • DDC: 599.35
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 256 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released April 2012
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Overview

While we may often find them nestled in the corners of our attics or traversing our yards, rodents and bats are more frequently found in nature and originate in a large variety of shapes and sizes. Together they make up over half of the planet's mammal species. While there are only 29 species of xenarthrans—an ancient line of mammals comprised of sloths, anteaters, and armadillos—they are significant players in various ecosystems, as well. This colorful volume considers the features, behaviors, and major species of these three intriguing categories of mammals.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Introduction.
1: Rodents.
2: General Features.
3: Importance to Humans.
4: Natural History.
5: Muridae.
6: Form and Function.
7: Evolution.
8: Rats and Similar Forms.
9: General Features.
10: Natural History.
11: Classification and Paleontology.
12: Types of Rats.
13: Nocturnal Groups.
14: Kangaroo Rats.
15: Groups That Are Not Exclusively Nocturnal.
16: Mice and Similar Forms.
17: General Features.
18: Natural History.
19: Geographic Distribution and Habitat.
20: Evolutionary History.
21: Types of Mice.
22: Predominantly Nocturnal Groups.
23: Groups That Are Not Exclusively Nocturnal.
24: Lyme Disease.
25: Familiar Rodents.
26: Generally Communal Forms.
27: Beavers.
28: Gerbils.
29: Ground Squirrels.
30: Guinea Pigs.
31: Marmots.
32: Muskrats.
33: Prairie Dogs.
34: Squirrels.
35: Groups with Generally Solitary Members.
36: Chipmunks.
37: Hamsters.
38: Golden Hamsters.
39: Mountain Beavers.
40: Pocket Gophers.
41: Porcupines.
42: Woodchucks.
43: Exotic Rodents.
44: Generally Communal Forms.
45: Anomalures.
46: Blesmols.
47: Capybaras.
48: Cavies.
49: Chinchillas.
50: Degus.
51: Flying Squirrels.
52: Gundis.
53: Hutias.
54: Lemmings.
55: Nutrias.
56: Pacaranas.
57: Viscachas.
58: Groups with Generally Solitary Members.
59: Acouchys.
60: Agoutis.
61: Pacas.
62: Spring Hares.
63: Tuco-Tucos.
64: Zokors.
65: Bats.
66: General Features.
67: Distribution.
68: Importance to Humans.
69: Natural History.
70: Behaviour.
71: Bat-Loving Flowers: Chiropterophilous Plants.
72: Prestin.
73: Life Cycle.
74: Form and Function.
75: Hipposiderinae.
76: Thermoregulation.
77: Phyllostomidae.
78: Digestion and Water Conservation.
79: Senses.
80: Evolution and Paleontology.
81: Types of Bats.
82: Old World Bats.
83: New World Bats.
84: Globally Distributed Forms.
85: Xenarthrans.
86: Order Cingulata.
87: Order Pilosa.
88: Paleontology.
89: Armadillos, Sloths, and Anteaters.
90: Armadillos.
91: Sloths.
92: A Moving Habitat: Community Ecology of the Sloth.
93: Anteaters.
94: Pangolins.
95: Conclusion.
Glossary.
Bibliography.
Index.