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2018 Vol. 17, No. 2
A Natural History of Cumberland Island,
Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals, Ed. III.
Bernd Würsig, J.G.M. “Hans” Thewissen, and
Kit Kovacs. 2018. Academic/Elsevier Press, San
Diego, CA. 1195 pp. $200.00, hardcover. ISBN:
9780128043271. This thoroughly revised third
version of the Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals,
first published in 2002, covers aspects of
the ecology, behavior, conservation, evolution,
form and function of whales, dolphins, porpoises,
seals, sea lions, fur seals, manatees, the dugong,
otters, and the Polar Bear. This edition provides
new content on anthropogenic concerns, including
the latest information on emerging threats
such as widespread ocean noise and impacts of
rapid climate change. With authors and editors
who are world experts, this new edition is a critical
resource for all who are interested in marine
mammals. It is especially well suited for upperlevel
undergraduate and graduate students, researchers,
conservation biologists, and managers.
It is also a top reference for those in related fields,
from oceanographers to environmental scientists.
This new edition is copiously illustrated with color
photos of the animals, data graphs and figures,
standardized maps of distribution for all species,
and consistent color illustrations of those species.
The encyclopedia has been edited to help users
learn new information or brush up on a topic in
rapid fashion, with key references at the end of
each entry to help guide the reader to the more
specialist literature. Inside the front and back
cover are illustrated color-coded diagrams showing
the taxonomic families of marine mammals
through time, to accompany the article on evolution.
The book is a must-have on the shelf of
every aspiring or realized marine mammal biologist,
and is also available as a fully-searchable ebook,
by pdf or for an e-reader. – Barbara Curry.
Georgia. Carol Ruckdeschel. 2017. Mercer
University Press, Macon, GA. 376 pp. $35.00,
hardcover. ISBN: 9780881466096. Having lived
on Cumberland Island for more than 40 years,
Carol Ruckdeschel’s goal has been to document
present conditions of the island’s flora and fauna,
establishing a baseline from which to assess
future changes. Since the late 1960s, she has
witnessed many changes and trends that are often
overlooked by those carrying out short-term observations.
This compilation of data, along with
historic information, presents the most comprehensive
picture of the island’s flora, fauna, geology,
and ecology to date. This volume will satisfy
a general interest in the ecology of Cumberland
and other Georgia barrier islands. New information
on individual species is presented, contributing
to its value as a reference for the Southeast.
A Field Guide to Mushrooms of the Carolinas.
Alan E. Besette, Arleen F. Bessette, and Michael
W. Hopping. February 2018. University of North
Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC. 412 pp. $30,
softcover. ISBN: 9781469638539. Mushrooms in
the wild present an enticing challenge: some are
delicious, others are deadly, and still others take
on almost unbelievable forms. This field guide
introduces 650 mushrooms found in the Carolinas—
more than 50 of them for the first time—
using clear language and color photographs to
reveal their unique features. The book includes
hundreds of full color photographs as well as
edibility, toxicity and microscopic information.
The unusually large number of described species
makes this book a must-have for experienced
mushroom hunters as well as beginners. Here, at
last, is the field guide for North and South Carolina
mushrooms, from the mountains to the coast,
presented in one portable volume.
Received by the Southeastern Naturalist, Issue 17/2, 2018
The Southeastern Naturalist welcomes submissions of review copies of books that publishers or authors
would like to recommend to the journal’s readership and are relevant to the journal’s mission of publishing
information about the natural history of the southeastern US. Accompanying short, descriptive summaries
of the text are also welcome.
On page 590 (Table 1) and page 591 line 11 of the article titled "Vertebrate Use of Gopher
Tortoise Burrows and Aprons" published in Southeastern Naturalist volume 15, issue
4, Megascops asio (L.) (Eastern Screech Owl) fledglings observed on trail camera were
misidentified as Athene cunicularia floridana (Ridgway) (Florida Burrowing Owl). Eastern
Screech Owl identification was confirmed by personal communication with David H. Johnson
(Director-Global Owl Project, Corvalis, OR).