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Southeastern Naturalist, Volume 17, Issue 3 (2018)

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Southeastern Naturalist Noteworthy Books 2018 Vol. 167 No. 2 B2 Mammals of Great Smoky Mountains National Park Third Edition. DonaldW. Linzey. 2016. University of Tennessee Press. Knoxville, TN. 160 pp. $24.95, softcover. ISBN 9781621902560. Visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park are likely to see a variety of wildlife, from the small and difficult to observe to the large and spectacular. A wide assortment of animals— salamanders, turtles, lizards, snakes, birds, deer, and bears—inhabit the park. Mammals of Great Smoky Mountains National Park focuses on the park’s fur-bearing animals that nurse their young. The first edition of Mammals of Great Smoky Mountains National Park was published in 1971, and significant changes have transpired in the past 45 years: new species have been discovered in the park, reintroductions— some successful and one unsuccessful—have occurred, and a number of taxonomic revisions have taken place. This updated edition contains accounts of 72 of the park’s mammals, including opossums, shrews, moles, bats, rabbits, rodents, wolves, Raccoons, Pumas, and other carnivores and deer and elk. Several new features have been added, including the origins of genus and species names, photographs of new species, and skull drawings of some species, which illustrate distinct features. To honor the park’s Cherokee heritage, the Cherokee names for many mammals are now given along with their English names. Fishes in the Fresh Waters of Florida: An Identification Guide and Atlas. Robert H. Robins, Lawrence M. Page, James D. Williams, Zachary S. Randall, and Griffin E. Sheehy. 2018. University Press of Florida. Gainesville, FL. 488 pp. $60, hardcover. ISBN 9781683400332. This book is an essential, updated identification guide to the 222 species of fishes in Florida’s fresh waters. Each species is presented with color photographs, key characteristics for identification, comparisons to similar species, habitat descriptions, and dot distribution maps. The authors have surveyed the extensive historical fish collections in 10 natural history museums, providing a complete picture of Florida’s freshwater fishes. This book provides important information on the diversity, distribution, and environmental needs of native species and the threat posed by non-indigenous species, helping us monitor and protect Florida’s water and its aquatic inhabitants. Chance Particulars: A Writer's Field Notebook for Travelers, Bloggers, Essayists, Memoirists, Novelists, Journalists, Adventurers, Naturalists, Sketchers, and Other Note-Takers and Recorders of Life. Sara M. Taber. 2018. Johns Hopkins University Press. Baltimore, MD. 144 pp. $19.95, softcover. ISBN 9781421425085. Based on what accomplished nonfiction writer Sara Mansfield Taber learned in her many years of field notebook keeping, Chance Particulars is a unique and handy primer for writers who want to use their experiences to tell a lively, satisfying story. Taber has composed a true "field notebook for field notebook keepers." Enhanced by beautiful illustrations, this charming and comprehensive guide is a practical manual for anyone who wishes to learn or hone the crafts of writing, ethnography, or journalism. Writers of all levels, genres, and ages, as well as teachers of writing, will appreciate this useful tool for learning how to record the details that build vibrant prose. With this book in hand, you will be able to recreate times and places, conjure up intricate character portraits, and paint pictures of particular landscapes, cultures, and locales. Mushrooms of the Southeast. Todd F. Elliott and Steven L. Stephenson. 2018 Timber Press, Portland, OR. 408 pp. $27.95, softcover. ISBN 9781604697308. This compact, beautifully illustrated guide is packed with descriptions and photographs of more than 400 of the region’s most important mushrooms. The geographic range covered by the book includes northern Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. In addition to profiles on individual species, Musshrooms of the Southeast also includes a general discussion and definition of fungi, information on where to find mushrooms and collection guidelines, an overview of fungus ecology, and information on mushroom poisoning and how to avoid it. Noteworthy Books Received by the Southeastern Naturalist, Issue 17/3, 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.