Back in March I reviewed the first of the Lynx Illustrated Checklists, that covered the mammals of southern South America,
Lynx have now released the second book covering Southern Asia, which means India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Afghanistan. The format follows that of the first book, with all mammal species illustrated and written up succinctly. It is a light paperback so easy to pack for a trip (does anyone remember trips?).
Though Vivek Menon has a comprehensive field guide to the Mammals of India, I am not aware of anything that covers all the mammals in any of the other countries in the region, so this is an invaluable book for anyone travelling to Nepal and Sri Lanka for example.
Having everything listed in one book makes it a whole lot easier to identify smaller species in particular, or at least narrow down the range of possibilities. Until now, trying to ID a Nepalese mouse or a Bhutanese bat would mean hours of time on Google, or flicking backwards and forwards through the Handbook of Mammals of the World.
You can download your own checklist of mammals to accompany the book when you buy one.
Mammals of the South Asia is available direct from Lynx and other stores, with more regions coming soon.