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Iran is a country with a very rich mammal fauna, including such iconic species as the Asiatic cheetah Acinonyx jubatus (Griffith), the Persian leopard Panthera pardus saxicolor Pocock, the Mesopotamian fallow deer Dama mesopotamica (Brooke), and the Asiatic wild ass Equus hemionus Pallas. There are no less than eight species of cat (Felidae) living in Iran today, and until recently there were even two more (the Caspian tiger Panthera tigris virgata (Illiger) and the Asiatic lion Panthera leo persica (Meyer)). For comparison, the whole European continent harbours a mere three felids. A recent atlas now adds to our knowledge on this spectacular mammalian line-up and its dissemination. The book, also available as a pdf, by Karami, Ghadirian and Faizolahi lists 183 terrestrial and 16 aquatic species of mammals (including the Caspian tiger and Asiatic lion), from the dugong and the Caspian seal Pusa caspica (Gmelin) to whales and dolphins, bats (Chiroptera) and rodents (Rodentia), from Perissodactyla to Lagomorpha and from Carnivora to Chiroptera ...
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Type of Study: Book Review | Subject: Species Diversity
Received: 2020/06/27 | Accepted: 2020/07/18 | Published: 2020/07/31

1. Yusefi, G. H., Faizolahi, K., Darvish, J., Safi, K. and Brito, J. C. (2019). The species diversity, distribution, and conservation status of the terrestrial mammals of Iran. Journal of Mammalogy, 100 (1): 55–71. https://doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyz002 [DOI]

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