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Geographic Variation in the Pocket Gopher, Cratogeomys castanops, in Coahuila Mexico   By: (1916-2007)

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In Geographic Variation in the Pocket Gopher, Cratogeomys castanops, in Coahuila Mexico, Rollin H. Baker provides an in-depth analysis of the geographic variations observed in the pocket gopher population of Coahuila, Mexico. By combining meticulous fieldwork, scientific expertise, and insightful conclusions, Baker has produced a valuable resource for both researchers and enthusiasts interested in the study of small mammals.

One of the key strengths of Baker's work lies in his comprehensive data collection methods. His efforts to capture, measure, and record the physical characteristics of pocket gophers across different locations within Coahuila demonstrate his meticulous attention to detail. By thoroughly examining factors such as body size, fur coloration, and dentition, Baker reveals the diverse range of adaptations that these gophers have developed in response to their distinct habitat conditions.

Furthermore, Baker's mastery of taxonomy shines through in his precise classification of the different geographic variations observed. He skillfully utilizes morphological traits to establish specific subspecies, enhancing our understanding of these unique pocket gophers. By providing clear illustrations and concise descriptions, he ensures that readers can easily identify and differentiate between the regional variations discussed in the book.

In addition to cataloging the physical differences, Baker delves into the ecological factors that play a role in shaping the pocket gophers' geographic variation. He explores concepts such as habitat suitability, resource availability, and genetic isolation, offering valuable insights into the complex interplay between these factors. Through careful analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data, Baker provides a compelling argument for the impact of these ecological factors on the observed variations.

Although the subject matter may seem niche, Baker's writing style manages to engage readers with its accessible tone and clarity. He strikes a balance between technical terminology and layman explanations, ensuring that both scientific professionals and non-specialists can appreciate the significance of his findings. Baker also includes numerous maps, graphs, and photographs to supplement his descriptions, facilitating visual learning and enhancing the overall reading experience.

While Baker's work is undeniably comprehensive, some readers may find the book's focus on a single species to be limiting. However, this narrowly defined scope allows Baker to delve deeply into the intricacies of pocket gopher variation in Coahuila, presenting a wealth of knowledge on the subject matter. Moreover, the book serves as an inspiring model for future studies on other species, showcasing the potential for similar research in different geographic regions.

In conclusion, Geographic Variation in the Pocket Gopher, Cratogeomys castanops, in Coahuila Mexico by Rollin H. Baker is a commendable piece of scientific literature. Baker's meticulous data collection methods, taxonomic expertise, and insightful analysis make this book an indispensable resource for researchers and enthusiasts interested in the field of mammalogy, as well as those seeking a greater understanding of the complex relationship between organisms and their environments.

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~University of Kansas Publications~ ~Museum of Natural History~

Volume 7, No. 12, pp. 591 608

March 15, 1955

Geographic Variation in the Pocket Gopher, Cratogeomys castanops, in Coahuila, México


~University of Kansas~ ~Lawrence~ 1955

~University of Kansas Publications, Museum of Natural History~

Editors: E. Raymond Hall, Chairman, A. Byron Leonard, Robert W. Wilson

Volume 7, No. 12, pp. 591 608 Published March 15, 1955

~University of Kansas~ ~Lawrence, Kansas~


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Geographic Variation in the Pocket Gopher, Cratogeomys castanops, in Coahuila, México


Robert J. Russell and Rollin H. Baker

The plateau pocket gopher, Cratogeomys castanops , inhabits open lands from southeastern Colorado southward onto the Mexican Plateau as far south as southern San Luis Potosí and southeastern Zacatecas and southeastward to the Coastal Plain of northern Tamaulipas... Continue reading book >>

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