Field Guide to Mammals of Australia

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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 498.95g
  • OUP Australia and New Zealand
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 100 colour plates; 300 maps; 350 drawings
  • 0195573951
  • 9780195573954
  • 21,346

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 Names
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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.
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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 more
by Jade Zander
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