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Marine mammals of the world : a comprehensive guide to their identification

Author: Thomas A Jefferson; Marc A Webber; Robert L Pitman
Publisher: London ; Burlington, MA : Academic, 2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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With coverage on all the marine mammals of the world, authors Jefferson, Webber, and Pitman have created a user-friendly guide to identify marine mammals alive in nature (at sea or on the beach), dead specimens "in hand", and also to identify marine mammals based on features of the skull. This handy guide provides marine biologists and interested lay people with detailed descriptions of diagnostic features,  Read more...
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Jefferson, Thomas A.
Marine mammals of the world.
London ; Burlington, MA : Academic, 2008
(OCoLC)166367549
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas A Jefferson; Marc A Webber; Robert L Pitman
ISBN: 9780123838537 0123838533
OCLC Number: 272382231
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 573 p.) : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps
Contents: Introduction --
Basic marine mammal biology --
Taxonomic groupings above the species level --
Cetacean species accounts --
Pinniped species accounts --
Sirenian and other species accounts --
Extinct species accounts --
Dichotomous identification keys --
Summaries of characters for similar species --
Glossary of technical terms --
References --
Index, common names --
Index, scientific names.
Responsibility: Thomas A. Jefferson, Marc A. Webber, Robert L. Pitman ; illustrations by Brett Jarrett.

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