Mammal Atlas Image Needs List

Thirteen years in the making, the San Diego County Mammal Atlas is nearly ready to publish. Over the years it has been shuffled to ‘the back burner’ as other projects were given priority. Finally the science team has been given the go-ahead to focus on this project exclusively. There has been a recent flurry of activity as all members are putting the finishing touches on their sections of the book. More than 30 experts are contributing to this effort. The book will include photos to aid in identification. Several members of the community have already submitted high quality images, but there are a number of species for which we would like to upgrade the photo.

The list below is an inventory of images we either do not have, or subjects for which we hope to get improved images. Sometimes the images available are subjects in hand or in a specimen tray, and while these can be useful in telling the story of these mammals, they may not be the most aesthetically pleasing.

We now appeal to you for assistance by contributing your photos to this effort. Like the Bird Atlas, the success of this project is based upon the support of citizen scientists.

File naming as described below will help us in sorting the images and insure that credit is given, where credit is due. Please include:

Species Name
Camera Index Sequence 0r Unique ID
Photographer Name
Location Where Picture Was Taken
Year Taken

As an example (using the image on my webpost):

16 bit Tif or RAW files are preferred, but an uncompressed JPEG could work. Credit for all images used will be given. Images with watermarks or logos will not be used. The more pixels, the better. Image dimensions of 3600 x 2400 pixels will work nicely.

Suitable images are welcome. Scott Tremor can be reached by email <stremor at sdnhm dot org>.

Didelphis virginiana, Virginia opossum

Thomomys bottae, Botta’s pocket gopher
Otospermophilus beecheyi, California ground squirrel
Scapanus latimanus, Broad-footed mole
Mus musculus, House mouse
Rattus norvegicus, Norway rat

Shrews and Moles:
Notiosorex crawfordi, Desert gray shrew
Sorex ornatus, Ornate shrew (uncommon)
Scapanus latimanus, Broad-footed mole

Felis catus,Domestic cat with native bird, reptile, or mammal in mouth
Lynx rufus, Bobcat
Puma concolor, Mountain Lion

Canis latrans, Coyote
Urocyon cinereoargenteus, Gray fox
Vulpes macrotis, Kit fox

Other Carnivores:
Procyon lotor, Raccoon
Bassariscus astutus, Ringtail
Mephitis mephitis, Striped skunk
Taxidea taxus, American badger
Spilogale gracilis, Western spotted skunk

Odocoileus hemionus, Mule deer

Marine Mammals:
Arctocephalus townsendi, Guadalupe fur seal
Callorhinus ursinus, Northern fur seal
Eubalaena japonica, North Pacific right whale
Balaenoptera acutorostrata, Minke whale
Balaenoptera borealis, Sei whale
Balaenoptera edeni, Bryde‘s whale
Balaenoptera musculus, Blue whale
Balaenoptera physalus, Fin whale
Megaptera novaeangliae, Humpback whale
Eschrichtius robustus, Gray whale
Delphinus capensis, Long-beaked common dolphin
Delphinus delphis, Short-beaked common dolphin
Globicephala macrorhynchus, Short-finned pilot whale
Grampus griseus, Risso‘s dolphin
Lagenorhynchus obliquidens, Pacific white-sided dolphin
Lissodelphis borealis, Northern right whale dolphin
Orcinus orca, Killer whale
Pseudorca crassidens, False killer whale
Stenella coeruleoalba, Striped dolphin
Tursiops truncatus, Bottlenose dolphin
Phocoena phocoena, Harbor porpoise
Phocoenoides dalli, Dall’s porpoise
Kogia breviceps, Pygmy sperm whale
Physeter catodon, Sperm whale
Mesoplodon carlhubbsi, Hubbs‘ beaked whale
Mesoplodon ginkgodens, Ginkgo-toothed beaked whale
Mesoplodon perrini, Perrin’s beaked whale
Mesoplodon stejnegeri, Stejneger‘s beaked whale
Ziphius cavirostris, Cuvier’s beaked whale