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The Mammals of Texas - Online Edition

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Conventions at this site

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  • Highlighted text in green - a hyperlink to additional information and/or another page.
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The Navigation Bar

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Microsoft Internet Explorer users have access to tooltips which provide a label for each icon. Netscape Navigator users are not so lucky. The following chart explains the icons:

"Next" - while browsing species entries, moves you to the next species. Elsewhere, moves you to the next major book section. "Help" - brings you to this page.
"Previous" - just like Next, but moves you backwards. "Ordering" - provides you with information on how to order a printed copy of The Mammals of Texas.
"Search" - takes you to the site's keyword search tool. "Sponsors" - displays a page listing the parties responsible for this site.
"Browse" - provides you with several options for browsing through the various sections of the book. "Comments" - brings up a form allowing you to leave public comments on the site.
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Unfamiliar content and jargon

The Mammals of Texas, though containing much of interest to the layman, is primarily a reference for wildlife professionals, enthusiasts, and serious students. As such, it contains many terms, ideas, and perspectives which may be foreign to the casual reader. Explanations of some of these concepts are provided in the book's appendices: