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Book Reviews of the Southeastern Naturalist, Issue 7/3, 2008
The Golden Mouse: Ecology and Conservation.
Gary W. Barrett and George
A. Feldhamer (Eds.). 2008. Springer, New
York. 239 pp. $79.95, hardcover. ISBN
9780387336657. A concise scholarly volume
that summarizes the natural history
of the Golden Mouse (Ochrotomys nuttalli),
a rare species throughout much of its
geographic range in the southeastern US.
Chapters are hierarchically organized into
natural history, population, community,
ecosystem, and landscape levels-of-organization
with discussions of biological,
ecological, and evolutionary processes
that transcend these levels. Golden Mice
have evolved strategies and behaviors that
permit them to survive in both natural and
disturbed ecosystems and landscapes; this
compilation of years of research on this
rare species allows for a much clearer understanding
of the ecological processes at
work and future challenges and research
opportunities. Highly recommended
reading for students and professionals in
mammalogy, ecology, wildlife biology, as
well as readers with an interest in natural
Trees, Shrubs, and Vines of Arkansas,
Second Edition. Carl G. Hunter. 1989.
The Ozark Society Foundation, Little
Rock, AR. 207 pp. $24.95, hardcover.
ISBN 0912456183. This guide begins
with an introduction providing useful
background information on the history of
botanical investigations in Arkansas, plant
status, nomenclature, use, and regional
descriptions of the State. There is no key
provided, but brief family descriptions are
given. The 325 species descriptions are
organized by family, and 258 of them are
illustrated with full-color photographs.
Recommended for those interested in a
comprehensive overview of the woody
fl ora of the Arkansas region. K.G.
Turtles of the Southeast. Kurt Buhlmann,
Tracey Tuberville, and Whit Gibbons.
2008. The University of Georgia
Press, Athens, GA. 252 pp. $22.95, softcover.
ISBN 9780820329024. This guide
to the 42 species of turtles found in the
southeast is full of interesting facts and
color photographs of turtles in the wild.
There are only 14 species native to the
US that are not found in this region. The
text begins with a chapter on basic turtle
biology that covers all aspects of a turtle’s
life and is followed by a chapter on turtle
habitats in the southeast. Species accounts
make up the majority of the text. Each
includes several photographs that clearly
show the carapace and the plastron with
close up photos of key characters. Discussion
in each account includes a general
description, variation and taxonomic issues,
hatchlings, confusing species, distribution
and habitat, behavior and activity,
food and feeding, reproduction, predators
and defense, and conservation issues.
Range maps show the continental US
with a close up of the southeastern region.
Carapace shape is shown as a silhouette
from front, side, and top. Brief accounts
are given for the 14 species found outside
the region, and a final chapter is devoted
to people and turtles. This very accessible,
informative, and beautiful book will
be appreciated by turtle enthusiasts living
anywhere in the US. C.R.
The Chocolate Tree: A Natural History
of Cacao. Allen M. Young. 2007.
University Press of Florida, Gainesville,
FL. 218 pp. $24.95, softcover. ISBN
9780813030449. This is a revised and expanded
edition of the text first published
in 1994. The natural history of cacao is
explored, including how its range and
speciation were undoubtedly infl uenced
by the people who have long found uses
for the pulp of the seedpod and sometimes
the seed. Young reviews the history of
cacao cultivation and details the current
state of cacao production in the Americas
and Costa Rica. The discussion includes
the social, political, and environmental
implications of current and historic cultivation.
An intriguing chapter describes the
author’s own studies on cacao pollination.
A final chapter looks at cacao production
in the context of ecological preservation.
A bibliography is provided. C.R.
Dropsy, Dialysis, Transplant: A Short
History of Failing Kidneys. Steven J.
Peitzman. 2007. The John Hopkins University
Press, Baltimore, MD. 213 pp.
$24.95, hardcover. ISBN 9780801887345.
Written by a nephrologist and historian,
this book examines the history of kidney
disease, those who studied and treated it
as well as those who experienced it. From
the earliest treatment of watery swellings,
or dropsy, to the advent of dialysis and
kidney transplant, Peitzman traces the
understanding of various kidney diseases
resulting in uremia, their diagnoses and
their treatments. Using historical accounts
by patients and more commonly
physicians, the reader is drawn in to the
lives of those touched by kidney disease.
Understanding the disease in its various
forms advances chronologically as
technology improves and better tools are
developed such as the microscope and the
biopsy needle. This is a general interest
book that takes the reader into a highly
specified field of discovery and treatment.
Extensive notes and a bibliography are
Biology of the Snapping Turtle (Chelydra
serpentina). Anthony C. Steyermark,
Michael S. Finkler, and Ronald J. Brooks
(Eds.). 2008. The John Hopkins University
Press, Baltimore, MD. 225 pp. $60,
hardcover. ISBN 9780801887246. This
book presents all that is known about the
Snapping Turtle. Taxonomy and systematics
are addressed, including fossil history,
skull description, literature review
of morphology, and molecular insights.
Aspects of physiology, energetics and
growth are also covered including reproductive
physiology, ecology and physiology
of overwintering, embryos and
incubation period, and growth patterns.
Topics including nesting ecology, water
relations, sex determination, population
biology, and genetics are discussed in the
final part of the book on ecology and life
history. An extensive references section is
provided for the volume. This book will
interest herpetologists, biologists, and
Science and the Garden: The Scientific
Basis of Horticultural Practice, Second
Edition. David S. Ingram, Daphne
Vince-Prue, and Peter J. Gregory. 2008.
Blackwell, Publishing, Malden, MA. 350
pp. $50, softcover. ISBN 1405160632.
Suitable for horticulture students, practicing
horticulturists, and gardeners,
this clearly written, updated text covers
the science behind many horticultural
practices. Topics covered include plant
structure and function, reproduction, taxonomy,
selecting and breeding, soil, light
and water, propagation from seed, and
vegetative propagation. Shape and size
of plants, production of color and scent,
climate, weather and seasonal effects
and maturation, ripening, and storage are
also discussed. A very detailed chapter on
gardening in the greenhouse is included
along with chapters on plant pests and
weeds, and controlling undesirables.
New to this edition are chapters on plant
diversity, conservation, and sustainable
gardening, gardens and the natural world,
and gardens for science. Although written
from a British perspective, this book has
wide application due to its wide scope and
lack of highly technical language. Color
photos, diagrams, and text boxes are very
helpful, as is an extensive glossary. C.R.
Book Reviewers: K.G. = Keith Goldfarb,
G.M. = Glen Mittelhauser, C.R. = Cathy
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