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Field Guide to Mammals of Australia / Edition 3

Field Guide to Mammals of Australia / Edition 3

by Peter Menkhorst, Frank KnightPeter Menkhorst


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This fully revised and updated edition of A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia is the only comprehensive guide to identifying all 382 species of mammals known in Australia. This book provides concise and accurate details of the appearance, diagnostic features, distribution, habitat, and key behavioral characteristics of all mammals known to have occurred in Australia or its waters since the time of European settlement. Each double-page spread provides all the information needed to identify an animal, a full-color illustration of the entire animal, a smaller diagram of diagnostic features, a distribution map, and species description and measurements, including details of how to differentiate between similar species.

Identification keys are provided for groups that are difficult to identify to species level, including keys to the genera of small marsupials, rodents, and bats, and all marine mammals likely to be washed on to an Australian beach: whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, and the Dugong.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195573954
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/18/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Peter Menkhorst has been fascinated by Australia's flora and fauna for most of his life. He has participated in fauna surveys in many parts of Australia and has worked in wildlife research and management in Victoria for thirty-five years. He has published widely in the scientific and popular literature, including editing an Australian bird guide.

Frank Knight worked as an illustrator for CSIRO for twenty-five years. He has been a member of and has exhibited with the Society of Animal Art in New York. He has also illustrated a number of natural history books, including an Australian bird guide.

Table of Contents

How to use this field guide
Geographic coverage
Identifying a mammal quickly
Classification and names
Field characters
Identification keys
Species accounts
Distribution maps
Field techniques for identifying mammals
Finding mammals
Field characters
How mammals are measured
Submitting records
Checklist of Australian Mammals
Identification Keys to Australian Mammals
Notes on using the keys
Index to keys
Identification keys
Habitat types
Key to distribution maps
Species Accounts and Plates
Carnivorous marsupials
Bandicoots and bilbies
Koala and wombats
Cuscuses/possums and gliders
Possums and gliders
Bettongs, rat-kangaroos and potoroos
Rat-kangaroos and tree kangaroos
Fruit bats
Insectivorous bats
Introduced carnivores
Introduced herbivores
Dolphins and whales
Further Reading
Index to Scientific Names
Index to Common Names

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