Ecology and conservation of the Sirenia: dugongs and manatees.

Ecology and conservation of the Sirenia: dugongs and manatees. Helene Marsh, Thomas J. O'Shea, John E. Reynolds.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. Octavo, paperback, photographs, maps.

Dugongs and manatees, the only fully aquatic herbivorous mammals, are threatened by multiple global problems. This book provides comparative information on all four surviving species. It presents detailed scientific summaries, covering sirenian feeding biology; reproduction and population dynamics; behavioural ecology; habitat requirements and threats to their continued existence. Outlining the current conservation status of the sirenian taxa, this unique study will equip researchers and professionals with the scientific knowledge required to develop proactive, precautionary and achievable strategies to conserve dugongs and manatees.

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