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A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia

Field / Identification GuideIdentification Key

By: Peter Menkhorst and Frank Knight

296 pages, 100 colour plates; 300 maps; 350 drawings

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Dec 2010 | Edition: 3 | #189598 | ISBN-13: 9780195573954
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NHBS Price: £22.50 $28/€27 approx

About this book

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.


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


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