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If you regard the latter as a life-history treatment and Groves and Grubb as a pure taxonomy, the omission may be forgivable. If existing species are regarded as exhibiting the results of natural selection on genotype and phenotype, it is difficult to omit this information. As an ecologist, I am more comfortable having ecology and behavior serve as supplemental data because they help me better understand morphology and genetics and in turn species evolution much better. After all, selection acts on phenotypes Reece et al.

Within the taxonomy itself the discussion of Cervus elaphus is one that interested me. This species has its own controversy and unique taxonomic history. Although taxonomists have regarded the North American and Asian wapiti as Cervus canadensis , Groves and Grubb, among many others, regard it as C.

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Using purely morphometric and genetic data, the assignment of the North America species to C. Geist provides a more thorough picture of the relationships of all subspecies within C. This is a recurring theme here because of lack of inclusion of characteristics other than morphology and genetics by Groves and Grubb. Overall this is a very well-written and well-produced book. It is relatively free of typographical errors with very clean text. Illustrative material would be a very useful supplement to the text descriptions of morphology, as would maps of species and subspecies distribution.

Based on my comments above it should not be surprising that I would like to see the treatment of taxonomy more balanced by including ecological as well as behavioral data; however, because the authors have identified their bias, and have the scientific license to disregard this information, I will not discredit their work on that basis.


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This book is an important contribution to ungulate taxonomy written by 2 well-published and highly regarded authors. It should be purchased by any mammalogist or evolutionary biologist interested in ungulates for his or her library. Those interested in conservation or in management of game ungulates may find this book useful in understanding the current taxonomy but will otherwise not gain a great deal of information useful to their work.

This is not a criticism but just a statement of my opinion relative to utility.

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A taxonomy can be a valued reference for conservationists and managers but does not have to be. Conservation and management can fill their own volumes in the literature. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Sign In or Create an Account. Sign In. Family Tapiridae. Family Rhinocerotidae.

Order Artiodactyla. Family Camelidae. Family Tayassuidae. Family Hippopotamidae. Suborder Ruminantia. Family Tragulidae. Family Giraffidae. Family Antilocapridae. Family Moschidae. Family Cervidae. Subfamily Capreolinae. Subfamily Cervinae.

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Subfamily Hydropotinae. Family Bovidae.

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Subfamily Aepycerotinae. Subfamily Alcelaphinae. Subfamily Antilopinae.


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Subfamily Bovinae. Subfamily Caprinae. Subfamily Cephalophinae. Subfamily Hippotraginae.

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Subfamily Reduncinae. Wilson, D. Reeder [editors]. Mammal Species of the World 3rd Edition. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2, pp. Available online at the Mammal Species of the World website. Order Perissodactyla. Family Equidae. Equus ferus tarpan Equus przewalskii Przewalski's horse. Equus hartmannae Hartmann's mountain zebra Equus zebra Cape mountain zebra. Ceratotherium simum southern white rhinoceros Ceratotherium cottoni northern white rhinoceros. Lama mensalis Peruvian vicuna Lama vicugna Chilean vicuna. Family Suidae. Hylochoerus ivoriensis western forest hog Hylochoerus meinertzhageni giant forest hog Hylochoerus rimator central African forest hog.

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