HMW is Looking for Photos – Colugos, Solendons, Golden Moles and more

Most of you will know the Handbook of the Mammals of the World Series (if not you should!). The next volume – Vol 8 – will cover Insectivores and a few other random orders, and the editors have asked if I can help spread the word that they still need photos for some species.

If it isn’t enough to see your photographs immortalised in the mammalogists magnum opus, the editors will pay for pictures they use (and pay quite well… 100 euros or so each I think).

So if you have photos of Colugos, Pen-tailed Tree Shrews, Solenodons, Golden Moles and Otter Shrews (I wish!), please do submit them. They are also after shrews from the genus Ruwenzorisorex, Sylvisorex, Scutisorex and Paracrocidura.

Details are below on where  and how to submit pictures (Dropbox is fine for relatively few images and you can email the link to  José Luis Copete  They are urgently looking for images right now  so it is probably a good idea to get around to doing this this month if you want them to be considered.


Dear photographer,

We are writing to inform you that the Handbook of the Mammals of the World series is well underway. So much so that we have already published six volumes – 1 (Carnivores), 2 (Hoofed Mammals), 3 (Primates), 4 (Sea Mammals), 5 (Monotremes and Marsupials), 6 (Rodents I), and 7 (Rodents II) is currently being printed and bound. At present, we are working on Volume 8, Insectivores, for which we are looking for photographic material for possible publication. The families included are the following:

Dasypodidae (Long-nosed Armadillos), Chlamyphoridae (Chlamyphorid Armadillos), Myrmecophagidae (American Anteaters), Cyclopedidae (Silky Anteater), Megalonychidae (Two-toed Sloths), Bradypodidae (Three-toed Sloths), Tenrecidae (Tenrecs), Potamogalidae (Otter Shrews), Chrysochloridae (Golden Moles), Macroscelididae (Elephant Shrews), Ptilocercidae (Pen-tailed Tree Shrew), Tupaiidae (Common Tree Shrews), Cynocephalidae (Colugos), Erinaceidae (Hedgehogs), Soricidae (Shrews), Talpidae (Moles), and Solenodontidae (Solenodons).

Please send any photos you wish to be considered for publication in these volumes as soon as possible, and by 31 December 2017 at the latest. We would like to remind you that wherever possible we prefer photos in which aspects of behaviour such as breeding, predating, feeding, locomotion, etc. are illustrated. Although those photos which have clearly been taken in the wild stand a better chance of being selected, we are aware that we might also have to include portraits and pictures of species in captivity. You might also like to note that we offer the same fee as on previous volumes for the non-exclusive, one-time use of each image published in either of the volumes.

All photographic material should be sent to the following address:

José Luis Copete
Lynx Edicions
Montseny, 8
08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona

Regarding the submission of the digital photographs, please send them on a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM for PC. We kindly request you to label each of the photograph files including the scientific name of the species shown together with the locality of the photo and the initial of your first name and your surname. For example:

Suncus etruscus Montpellier France John Smith 1.jpeg

Preferably send original files (jpeg/tif, or raw/nef) in high quality resolution (the original, high-resolution, uncropped file), at 300 dpi to be published at 20 cm wide.

DO NOT SEND SCANNED SLIDES as we prefer to receive original slides rather than scanned files, since the resulting file is usually not of as high quality as the original photo.

Should you send us your photos by courier, in order to avoid being charged high customs duties, we would kindly ask you to please clearly write the following on the parcel and delivery note: “Sample slides for scientific use. Of no commercial value. To be returned to sender”. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

In the case of sendings of few pictures, or not too many, it’s fine to be sent by email, Dropbox or WeTransfer, provided they are labeled clearly to avoid misidentifications of the species.

Do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about any of this.

We look forward to hearing from you soon, and of course, to receiving your photos for Volume 8 of HMW!

With best wishes,


José Luis Copete



José Luis Copete

Handbook of the Birds of the World-Alive

Handbook of the Mammals of the World

 Lynx Edicions

Montseny, 8

E-08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain.

Phone: +34-93 594 77 10

Fax: +34-93 592 09 69


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