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Book review: The requisite reference for the study of Sirenia

September 2, 2013

Sirenians often are given little or no notice in texts on marine mammals; whales, dolphins, and seals are what come to mind for most when a marine mammal is imagined. An order of only four extant species, the Sirenia is indeed the “other” frequently overlooked group of marine mammals. Dugongs and manatees remain unknown by much of the world, but to those that study these species, the members are extraordinarily unique and fascinating. The three highly respected authors of this newly published volume are all distinguished researchers, with more than a century of combined expertise in the study of this mammalian order. Their collective experience and insight make this book a captivating and valuable read for students, professionals, and anyone interested in having an all-inclusive reference for learning about the Order Sirenia.

Review info: Ecology and conservation of the Sirenia-dugongs and manatees. By H. Marsh, T. J. O'Shea, and J. E. Reynolds, III, 2012. ISBN: 978-0521888288, 521 pp.

Publication Year 2013
Title Book review: The requisite reference for the study of Sirenia
DOI 10.1007/s10914-012-9214-1
Authors Cathy A. Beck
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Mammalian Evolution
Index ID 70044607
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Southeast Ecological Science Center