Field Guide to Mammals of Australia

Field Guide to Mammals of Australia

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By (author) Peter Menkhorst, By (author) Frank Knight

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  • Publisher: OUP Australia and New Zealand
  • Format: Paperback | 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 20mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 18 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Melbourne
  • ISBN 10: 0195573951
  • ISBN 13: 9780195573954
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 100 colour plates; 300 maps; 350 drawings
  • Sales rank: 24,492

Product description

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 behavioural 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-colour 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.

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Author information

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.

Customer reviews

By Jade Adams 24 Mar 2011 3

I have used the first and second editions of this book for work purposes for many years. I have purchased the third version.
The descriptions are accurate and you can generally identify species with success using this book.
However, it could be improved greatly by using a photographic references rather than drawings as many drawings do not look like the animal in real life.
The distribution maps should be used as a 'very general' guide only and they should not be relied on.
Overall, I use this book on an almost weekly basis and it does contain some useful information, but drawings and maps should be taken with a pinch of salt.
I would recommend using it in conjunction with other references such as Museum records of species distribution as well as photographic references for individual species.

Table of contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ; INTRODUCTION ; HOW TO USE THIS FIELD GUIDE ; GEOGRAPHIC COVERAGE ; IDENTIFYING A MAMMAL QUICKLY ; CLASSIFICATION AND NAMES ; FIELD CHARACTERS ; IDENTIFICATION KEYS ; SPECIES ACCOUNTS ; PLATES ; DISTRIBUTION MAPS ; FIELD TECHNIQUES FOR IDENTIFYING MAMMALS ; FINDING MAMMALS ; FIELD CHARACTERS ; HOW MAMMALS ARE MEASURED ; SUBMITTING RECORDS ; REFERENCES ; CHECKLIST OF AUSTRALIAN MAMMALS ; IDENTIFICATION KEYS TO AUSTRALIAN MAMMALS ; NOTES ON USING THE KEYS ; INDEX TO KEYS ; IDENTIFICATION KEYS ; HABITAT TYPES ; ABBREVIATIONS ; KEY TO DISTRIBUTION MAPS ; SPECIES ACCOUNTS AND PLATES ; MONOTREMES ; 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 ; RODENTS ; INTRODUCED CARNIVORES ; INTRODUCED HERBIVORES ; SEALS ; DOLPHINS AND WHALES ; DUGONG ; FURTHER READING ; GLOSSARY ; INDEX TO SCIENTIFIC NAMES ; INDEX TO COMMON NAMES