By: Peter Menkhorst and Frank Knight
296 pages, 100 colour plates; 300 maps; 350 drawings
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.
How to use this field guide
Identifying a mammal quickly
Classification and names
Field techniques for identifying mammals
How mammals are measured
Checklist of Australian Mammals
Identification Keys to Australian Mammals
Notes on using the keys
Index to keys
Key to distribution maps
Species Accounts and Plates
Bandicoots and bilbies
Koala and wombats
Cuscuses/possums and gliders
Possums and gliders
Bettongs, rat-kangaroos and potoroos
Rat-kangaroos and tree kangaroos
Dolphins and whales
Index to Scientific Names
Index to Common Names
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