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Mammalian Species

The best place to start when researching a specific mammal is a publication called Mammalian Species The American Society of Mammalogists (ASM) publishes Mammalian Species. This publication consists of more than 800 monographs on individual species. Each monograph provides a thorough synthesis of the biological knowledge of a species, including taxonomy, ecology, and conservation status.

UMC Library subscribes to the print version. Each of the accounts is separately barcoded and can be checked out by students. The individual accounts are kept in three ring binders located at:

599.097 M311
American Society of Mammalogists.
Mammalian species.
New York : American Society of Mammalogists.

Locating the account number for a specific species

To find a specific species in the Mammalian Species collection it is necessary to find the number of the account. The Mammalian Species accounts are arranged by publication date. To find an account for a specific mammal you need to locate the number of the account.

You can do this at the ASM Mammalian Species website maintained by Virginia Hayssen. This site has several useful resources including the Mammalian Species Systematic List which is arranged by Order, Family and Genus. If you know the required information (Order, Family and Genus) you can locate the account number. You can find the genus and species of a particular North American mammal when you know the popular name using the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's Species Name search

The Mammalian Species website has links to PDFs of accounts 1-807, listed in the order of publication,t this list also includes the common and species name so the find function can help find an accoutnt. For more recent accounts you can get the pdf of an account using BioONE database and serching by popular name from the account list. You can select Mammalian Species from the pull down title list to search in BioOne's Advanced Search to find a list of accounts.. Accounts published prior to 2000 are not in BioONE. Ebsco has the Mammalian Species accounts at from 07/01/2004 (739) to present (with a six month delay) the list of species accounts is arranged by year and within the year by account number.


The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History's web site NORTH AMERICAN MAMMALS includes detailed descriptions, images, and distribution ranges for more than 400 mammals native to the North American continent. This site contains a number of interesting features -- Place search –mammal community within particular area –Map or place search –Create your own field guide •Species search –Distribution map –Brief biology –Measurements –References and links.

Animal Diversity Web - MAMMALS

Animal Diversity Web (ADW) is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology. It contains thousands of species accounts about individual animal species. These may include text, pictures of living animals, photographs and movies of specimens, and/or recordings of sounds. Students write the text of these accounts. Descriptions of levels of organization above the species level, especially phyla, classes, and in some cases, orders and families. Hundreds of hyperlinked pages and images illustrate the traits and general biology of these groups. Professional biologists prepare this part.

You can use the search box to search for a specific species. There is also ab Classification tab which starts with the Class Mammalia and decends to genus species.The information tab contains detail on: Geographic Range, Habitat, Reproduction, Lifespan/Longevity, Behavior, Home Range, Communication and Perception, Food Habits, Predation, Ecosystem Roles, Economic Importance for Humans: Negative, Economic Importance for Humans: Positive, Conservation Status. Other tabs are Pictures, and Specimens which contain pictures from a variety of sources and specimens.

Library Catalogs

In the UMC Books & More  the search for Wolves ecology (subject terms). has good reults. Switching to U of M All Campuses Catalog which searches all of the campuses collections many books are found. Print books not held by UMC can be requested using Get It.  Once you are logged in and select Getit you hve to select a pickup location and you have requested the book..

The third tab Articles & More searches a large number of online journals and databases and reqults in many articles.  This search is powerful but not all inclusive.  The search wolves ecology finds more that 4000 articles.