Field Guide to Mammals of Australia
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Field Guide to Mammals of Australia

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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 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford University Press Australia
  • OUP Australia and New Zealand
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 100 colour plates; 300 maps; 350 drawings
  • 0195573951
  • 9780195573954
  • 16,689

About Peter Menkhorst

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.show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionHow to use this field guideGeographic coverageIdentifying a mammal quicklyClassification and namesField charactersIdentification keysSpecies accountsPlatesDistribution mapsField techniques for identifying mammalsFinding mammalsField charactersHow mammals are measuredSubmitting recordsReferencesChecklist of Australian MammalsIdentification Keys to Australian MammalsNotes on using the keysIndex to keysIdentification keysHabitat typesAbbreviationsKey to distribution mapsSpeciesAccounts and PlatesMonotremesCarnivorous marsupialsBandicoots and bilbiesKoala and wombatsCuscuses/possums and glidersPossums and glidersBettongs, rat-kangaroos and potoroosRat-kangaroos and tree kangaroosFruit batsInsectivorous batsRodentsIntroduced carnivoresIntroduced herbivoresSeals Dolphins and whalesDugongFurther ReadingGlossaryIndex to Scientific NamesIndex to Common Namesshow more

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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.show more
by Jade Adams
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