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Biology and Conservation of Musteloids

David W. Macdonald, Chris Newman, and Lauren A. Harrington


The editors of this book have used their combined 90 years of experience working on the behaviour and ecology of wild carnivores to draw together a unique network of the world’s experts on musteloid biology and conservation. The musteloids are the most speciose and diverse super-family among carnivores, ranging from little known, exotic, and highly-endangered species to the popular and familiar, and include a large number of introduced invasives. They feature terrestrial, fossorial, arboreal, and aquatic members, ranging from tenacious predators to frugivorous omnivores, span weights from a 10 ... More

Keywords: musteloid, mustelid, mephitid, procyonid, ailurid, small carnivore, otter, biology, conservation, management

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198759805
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198759805.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David W. Macdonald, editor
Director, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford

Chris Newman, editor
Senior Research Associate, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford

Lauren A. Harrington, editor
Senior Researcher, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford

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Part I Reviews

Chapter 1 Dramatis personae: an introduction to the wild musteloids

David W. Macdonald, Lauren A. Harrington, and Chris Newman

Chapter 2 The evolutionary history and molecular systematics of the Musteloidea

Klaus-Peter Koepfli, Jerry W. Dragoo, and Xiaoming Wang

Chapter 3 Form and function of the musteloids

Andrew C. Kitchener, Carlo Meloro, and Terrie M. Williams

Chapter 5 Communication amongst the musteloids: signs, signals, and cues

Christina D. Buesching and Theodore Stankowich

Chapter 6 Musteloid sociality: the grass-roots of society

David W. Macdonald and Chris Newman

Chapter 7 People and wild musteloids

Lauren A. Harrington, Jorgelina Marino, and Carolyn M. King

Part II Case studies

Chapter 10 Small mustelids in New Zealand: invasion ecology in a different world

Carolyn M. King, Grant Norbury, and Andrew J. Veale

Chapter 11 The fisher as a model organism

Roger A. Powell, Aaron N. Facka, Mourad W. Gabriel, Jonathan H. Gilbert, J. Mark Higley, Scott D. LaPoint, Nicholas P. McCann, Wayne Spencer, and Craig M. Thompson

Chapter 13 Asian badgers—the same, only different: how diversity among badger societies informs socio-ecological theory and challenges conservation

Youbing Zhou, Chris Newman, Yayoi Kaneko, Christina D. Buesching, Wenwen Chen, Zhao-Min Zhou, Zongqiang Xie, and David W. Macdonald

Chapter 14 The Bornean carnivore community: lessons from a little-known guild

Joanna Ross, Andrew J. Hearn, and David W. Macdonald

Chapter 16 Control of an invasive species: the American mink in Great Britain

Elaine J. Fraser, Lauren A. Harrington, David W. Macdonald, and Xavier Lambin

Chapter 17 European mink: restoration attempts for a species on the brink of extinction

Tiit Maran, Madis Põdra, Lauren A. Harrington, and David W. Macdonald

Chapter 18 Social ethology of the wolverine

Jeffrey P. Copeland, Arild Landa, Kimberly Heinemeyer, Keith B. Aubry, Jiska van Dijk, Roel May, Jens Persson, John Squires, and Richard Yates

Chapter 22 Giant otters: using knowledge of life history for conservation

Jessica Groenendijk, Frank Hajek, Paul J. Johnson, and David W. Macdonald

Chapter 24 Competition and coexistence in sympatric skunks

Christine C. Hass and Jerry W. Dragoo

Chapter 26 Kinkajou: the tree-top specialist

Melody Brooks and Roland Kays

Chapter 28 Causes and consequences of coati sociality

Ben T. Hirsch and Matthew E. Gompper

Part III Synthesis

Chapter 30 Beneath the umbrella: conservation out of the limelight

David W. Macdonald, Chris Newman, and Lauren A. Harrington

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