Tóth, M. 2017. Hair and Fur Atlas of Central European Mammals
Pars Ltd. Nagykovácsi, 307 pp.


I express my gratitude to the Biological Section of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for supporting the publication of this book.

I am especially grateful to the two scientific reviewers of the book, to Prof. Dr. Géraldine Veron (MNHN Paris) and Dr. László Ronkay (HNHM Budapest) for their critical comments, valuable advices, suggestions and corrections, and the polish up of the manuscript. Their cooperation was essential and is greatly appreciated.

I am indebted to the colleagues for their kind assistance to insure the perfect circumstances to work in their Mammal collections, to Dr. Gábor Csorba and Dr. Tamás Görföl (Hungarian Natural History Museum, Budapest), Dr. Frank E. Zachos and Alexander Bibl (Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien), Dr. Peter Huemer and Peter Morass (Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck), and Dr. Daniela Kalthoff (Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet, Stockholm).

The thousands of microscopic pictures of hairs were made on excellent equipments. I would like the express my sincere thanks to Dr. Sabine Gaal-Haszler and Dr. Martin Lödl (Lepidoptera collection, Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien) and Prof. Dr. Klára Dózsa-Farkas (Department of Systematic Zoology and Ecology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest) for the access to their photomicroscopes.

The scanning studies were supported by the SYNTHESYS Project, the Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien and the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest; the Synthesys Project is financed by European Community Research Infrastructure Action under the FP6 “Structuring the European Research Area”; Grant Nos BE-TAF: 2056 RBINS 2012, DE-TAF: 3074 MFN 2013, FR-TAF: 3381 MNHN 2014, SE-TAF: 4328 NRM 2015). I am grateful for the cooperation in this work to Dr. Julien Cillis (Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Bruxelles), Dr. Sylvain Pont (MNHM Paris), Dr. Anke Saenger (Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin), Dr. Daniela Kalthoff (Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet, Stockholm), Dr. Elisabeth Haring and Dr. Dan Topa (Central Research Laboratories, Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien), Dr. Zoltán Dankházi and Dr. Csaba Szabó (Dual Beam Scanning Electron Microscope Laboratory, Research and Instrument Core Facility, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest).

My special thanks to my husband, László Ronkay and my younger daughter, Dorottya Apáthy who helped in the edition of the great stock of illustrations. I am obliged to my dear Family and Friends for their patience, interest and continuous encouragement during the preparation of the manuscript which was an immense help to finish this book.