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: 26,104

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.

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Author information

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.

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