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Geographic Variation in the Harvest Mouse, Reithrodontomys megalotis, On the Central Great Plains And in Adjacent Regions   By: (1929-1992)

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In "Geographic Variation in the Harvest Mouse, Reithrodontomys megalotis, On the Central Great Plains And in Adjacent Regions," J. Knox Jones presents a comprehensive study on the geographic variation of the harvest mouse species, Reithrodontomys megalotis, across the Central Great Plains and its surrounding regions. This book provides an in-depth analysis based on extensive field investigations, insightful observations, and rigorous scientific methods.

One of the remarkable aspects of this book is its meticulous attention to detail. Jones's research is meticulous, allowing readers to dive deep into the intricacies of the harvest mouse's distribution, behavior, and physical characteristics. The author goes to great lengths to establish a solid foundation of knowledge about this small rodent, providing an excellent resource for researchers and biologists interested in this species.

Another strength of this book is Jones's clear and concise writing style. Despite dealing with complex concepts and scientific terminology, the author manages to present his findings in an accessible manner. It allows both experts in the field and lay readers to understand and appreciate the nuances of his research. The inclusion of numerous figures, maps, and photographs further enhances the reader's comprehension and engagement.

The organization of the book is well-designed, with each chapter building on the previous one. Jones effectively navigates through various topics, including the distribution patterns of the harvest mouse, its habitat preferences, intraspecific variation, and potential hybrid zones with other similar species. The author adeptly weaves together his own discoveries with existing literature, creating a cohesive narrative that advances the overall understanding of Reithrodontomys megalotis.

One particularly admirable aspect of Jones's research is his commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration. Throughout the book, he incorporates the knowledge and expertise of botanists, taxonomists, and geneticists to enrich his own research. This interdisciplinary approach adds value to the book and illustrates the interconnectedness of different scientific fields in mapping the distribution and evolutionary history of species.

While the breadth and depth of information presented in "Geographic Variation in the Harvest Mouse, Reithrodontomys megalotis, On the Central Great Plains And in Adjacent Regions" are impressive, it should be noted that this book is primarily intended for readers with a specific interest in mammalian ecology, evolutionary biology, or species distribution. Casual readers seeking a general introduction to the topic may find the content highly specialized and detailed.

In conclusion, J. Knox Jones's book admirably explores the geographic variation of the harvest mouse species in the Central Great Plains and adjacent regions. It is a valuable resource for scientists and researchers interested in the intricacies of this species, displaying meticulous research, clear writing, and insightful analyses. "Geographic Variation in the Harvest Mouse, Reithrodontomys megalotis, On the Central Great Plains And in Adjacent Regions" contributes significantly to understanding the complex world of small mammals, their adaptation, and the factors shaping their geographic distribution.

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[Transcriber's Note: The last name of one of the author's is spelled with a breve over the letter g. This accent is shown as [)G].

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS PUBLICATIONS MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Volume 14, No. 2, pp. 9 27, 1 fig. in text July 24, 1961

Geographic Variation in the Harvest Mouse, Reithrodontomys megalotis, On the Central Great Plains And in Adjacent Regions

By

J. KNOX JONES, JR. AND B. MURSALO[)G]LU

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS LAWRENCE 1961

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS PUBLICATIONS, MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Editors: E. Raymond Hall, Chairman, Henry S. Fitch, Robert W. Wilson

Volume 14, No. 2, pp. 9 27, 1 fig. in text Published July 24, 1961

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS Lawrence, Kansas

PRINTED IN THE STATE PRINTING PLANT TOPEKA, KANSAS 1961

Geographic Variation in the Harvest Mouse, Reithrodontomys megalotis, On the Central Great Plains And in Adjacent Regions

By

J. KNOX JONES, JR. AND B. MURSALO[)G]LU

The western harvest mouse, Reithrodontomys megalotis , inhabits most parts of the central Great Plains and adjacent regions of tall grass prairie to the eastward, shows a marked predilection for grassy habitats, is common in many areas, and is notably less variable geographically than most other cricetids found in the same region. R. megalotis occurs (see Hall and Kelson, 1959:586, map 342) from Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin, northwestern Illinois, Iowa and Missouri westward to, but apparently not across, the Rocky Mountains from southeastern Alberta to Colorado; it is known in Oklahoma only from the Panhandle, thence southward through the Panhandle and Trans Pecos areas of Texas to southern México, westward across the mountains in New Mexico to the Pacific Coast, and northward to the west of the Rockies to southern British Columbia... Continue reading book >>




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