Firefly Encyclopedia of Animals
Firefly Encyclopedia of Animals
Firefly Encyclopedia of Animals Firefly Encyclopedia of Animals Firefly Encyclopedia of Animals Firefly Encyclopedia of Animals

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Publisher: Firefly Books

Author Statement: Dr. Philip Whitfield and Camilla de la Bedoyere, Consultant Editors
Audience: Juvenile
Age range lower: 9
Age range upper: 12
Specs: more than 1000 full-color illustrations, index
Pages: 256
Trim Size: 8 1/4" X 10 1/2" X 13/16"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20140911
Copyright Year: 2014
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Firefly Encyclopedia of Animals

A lavishly illustrated who's who of the animal kingdom.

Firefly Encyclopedia of Animals is a stunning new reference guide to 840 members of the Animal Kingdom from every continent -- North and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia.

More than 1,000 commissioned full-color watercolors, photographs and distribution maps describe the animal world for readers of all ages. From the smallest mouse to the largest whale, this book offers a detailed and thorough guide to a wide array of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish, as well as insects, spiders and other invertebrates.

Firefly Encyclopedia of Animals presents accurate, succinct and essential information, as follows:

  • General descriptions of animal Orders and Families
  • Common and species names
  • Shared characteristics in animal groups
  • Describes size, distribution, anatomy, ecology migration, habitats and survival skills
  • Features on animal behavior
  • Accurate labeled illustrations and maps
  • Wildlife conservation and updates on endangered animals.

In addition to the principal text, there are side illustrations throughout along with fast-fact panels.

Written in clear language that will engage readers of all ages, this authoritative reference is ideal for home and school, where it will be especially useful for natural history reports.


Dr Philip Whitfield is a lecturer in zoology and natural science at King's College, University of London.




    What is a mammal?
    Monotremes and marsupials
    Anteaters and other insect eaters
    Vampire bats
    Seals, whales and dolphins
    Antarctic seals
    Hoofed mammals
    Rodents and rabbits
    Why do zebras have stripes?


    What is a bird?
    Game birds and ground birds
    Waders, waterbirds, cranes and seabirds
    Owls and birds of prey
    Birds of the trees and masters of the air
    Birds of paradise
    How do animals communicate?


    What is a reptile?
    Crocodiles, alligators, turtles and tortoises
    Nile crocodiles
    Lizards and snakes


    What is an amphibian?
    Newts and salamanders
    Frogs and toads
    Poison-arrow frogs
    Poisons and venoms


    What is a fish?
    Lampreys, sharks and rays
    Skates, rays and seabed sharks
    Sturgeon, gars and relatives
    Eels, tarpons and herring
    Carp, bream and piranhas
    Catfish and relatives
    Electric eel, salmon, hatchetfish and pike
    Cod, anglers and cusk eels
    Perchlike fish
    Flyingfish, lanternfish and lizardfish
    Guppies, grunions and relatives
    Oarfish, squirrelfish and relatives
    Seahorses, stonefish and relatives
    Coelacanth, lungfish, triggerfish and relatives
    Why do some animals work together?

Insects, spiders and other invertebrates

    What is an invertebrate?
    Cockroaches, earwigs, crickets, grasshoppers and relatives
    Mantids, dragonflies and relatives
    Bugs, lice, fleas and beetles
    Stag beetles
    Flies, moths and butterflies
    Sphinx moths
    Bees, wasps, ants and termites
    Spiders and scorpions
    Orb weavers
    Snails, slugs and other
    land invertebrates
    Sea creatures
    Rock clingers
    Why do animals build nests?


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