Finding Information about Mammals

Mammalian Species

When searching for information about mammals, one of the best places to look is a publication called Mammalian Species. The American Society of Mammologists (ASM) publishes Mammalian Species. This publication consists of more than 900 monographs on individual species. Each monograph provides a thorough analysis of the biological knowledge of a species, including taxonomy, ecology, and conservation status.

The Mammalian Species can be found in a few places. This includes the ASM website, Ebsco Mega File, and BioOne.

You can find the genus and species of a particular North American mammal when you know the popular name using the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's Species Name search.

For more Mammalian Species records, you can get the pdf of an account using BioOne database and searching by popular name from the account list. You can select Mammalian Species from the pull down title list to search in BioOne's Advanced Search to find a list of accounts. Accounts published prior to 2000 are not in BioOne. Ebsco also has the Mammalian Species accounts from 07/01/2004 (739) to present (with a six month delay) the list of species accounts is arranged by year and within the year by account number

North American Mammals

The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History's website North American Mammals includes detailed descriptions, images, and distribution ranges for more than 400 mammals native to the North American continent. This site contains a number of interesting features: Place search - Mammal community within particular area - Map or place search - Create your own field guide - Species search - Distribution map - Brief biology - Measurements - References and links.

Animal Diversity Web – Mammals

Animal Diversity Web (ADW) is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan and the University Of Michigan Museum Of Zoology. It contains thousands of species accounts about individual animal species. These may include text, pictures of living animals, photographs and movies of specimens, and/or recordings of sounds. Students write the text of these accounts. There are descriptions of levels of organization above the species level, especially phyla, classes, and in some cases, orders and families. Hundreds of hyperlinked pages and images illustrate the traits and general biology of these groups. Professional biologists prepare this part.

You can use the search box to search for a specific species. There is also a Classification tab which starts with the Class Mammalia and descends to genus species. The information tab contains detail on: Geographic Range, Habitat, Reproduction, Lifespan/Longevity, Behavior, Home Range, Communication and Perception, Food Habits, Predation, Ecosystem Roles, Economic Importance for Humans: Negative, Economic Importance for Humans: Positive, Conservation Status. Other tabs are Pictures, and Specimens which contain pictures from a variety of sources and specimens.

Library Catalog

The UMC Library Catalog offers a collection of books, periodicals and videos for your use.

The first tab you can search is UMC Books and More. This is the catalog of books (print and ebooks) and videos that are in the UMC Library collection. The second tab, U of M All Campus Catalog is the collection of all the holdings from the five campuses (including the U of M, Twin Cities). Items in this catalog can be borrowed from another library free of charge. The third tab, Articles and More, are full text articles in selected databases.

UMC Databases that may be useful:
A number of UMC Library databases will be helpful in finding information about mammals. These include BioOne, Biosis Previews - and Biological Abstracts, Ebsco Mega File, and Google Scholar.