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Southeastern Naturalist, Volume 17, Issue 2 (2018)

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Southeastern Naturalist B1 Noteworthy Books 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. Noteworthy Books 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. Erratum 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).