Field Guide to Mammals of Australia by Peter Menkhorst

Field Guide to Mammals of Australia

byPeter Menkhorst, Frank Knight

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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, andkey 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 diagnosticfeatures, 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.

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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...
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Title:Field Guide to Mammals of AustraliaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pagesPublished:December 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195573951

ISBN - 13:9780195573954

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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 mapsSpecies Accounts and PlatesMonotremesCarnivorous marsupialsBandicoots and bilbiesKoala and wombatsCuscuses/possums and glidersPossums and glidersBettongs, rat-kangaroos and potoroosRat-kangaroos and tree kangaroosFruit batsInsectivorous batsRodentsIntroduced carnivoresIntroduced herbivoresSealsDolphins and whalesDugongFurther ReadingGlossaryIndex to Scientific NamesIndex to Common Names