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Australia has a rich and diverse mammal fauna with many species found nowhere else - 89% of Autralian marsupials, and 73% of Australian placental mammals, are endemic. Only New Guinea shares with Australia the presence of representatives of all three subclasses of mammals - monotremes, marsupials and placentals. Until now there has been no comprehensive guide to the identification of all species of Australian mammals. This book provides concise and accurate details of the appearance, diagnostic features, distribution, habitat, and key behavioural characters of all mammals known to have occurred in Australia or its waters since the time of settlement by Europeans. It includes details of 156 species of marsupial, 2 monotremes, 76 bats, 64 native rodents, 10 seals, 44 whales and dolphins and 22 introduced species (total 376 species). The classic field guide layout, as perfected in bird field guides, has been adopted - each two-page spread provides all the information needed to make an identification - full colour illustration of the entire animal, smaller diagrams of diagnostic features, distribution map, and species text and measurements, including details of how to differentiate between similar species. For groups that are difficult to identify to species level, identification keys are provided to assist the identification process. These include keys to the genera of small marsupials, rodents and bats, and to all stranded marine mammals that could conceivably be washed onto an Australian beach - whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and the Dugong. Wherever possible, the keys utilise obvious features of external morphology, so that specialist knowledge is not required to use them.
A comprehensive guide to identifying all 379 species of mammals known in Australia. Provides concise and accurate details of the appearance, diagnostic features, distribution of habitat and key behavioural characteristics of all mammals known to have occurred in Australia or its waters since European settlement.
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.
Australia has a rich and unique array of animals, including the largest diversity of marsupials on earth. The recent growth in ecotourism has increased the popularity of mammal-spotting, particularly whale and dolphin-watching, but also spotting of perennial tourist favourites such as koalas and kangaroos. Birdwatchers have for many years known of sites where special or difficult-to-see species may be reliably located. However, despite their comparative abundance and spectacular diversity, many of Australia's unique mammals remain under-appreciated because there has been little available information on where to see them – until now. For the first time ever, The Complete Guide to Finding the Mammals of Australia advises interested amateurs and professionals where to locate many of Australia's mammals. The book describes Australia's best mammal-watching sites state-by-state. It also includes a complete, annotated taxonomic list with hints on finding each species (or why it won't be easy to see); sections on travel and logistics in Australia; and appendices with hints on finding and photographing mammals. This book will be of interest to anyone wanting to observe or photograph Australian mammals in the wild, mammal enthusiasts, biological field workers and volunteers, tourists and ecotourists.
Australia is world-renowned for its often extraordinary and unique natural environment – including many of its plants and animals. This beautiful little book highlights an often overlooked, but just as remarkable, aspect of our natural world: Australia’s fungi. Many are brightly colored, some fluorescent; some are elegant, others squat; some are fragrant, more still are highly toxic. This field guide showcases many of these species in all their splendor.
Mammals inhabit every corner of our vast continent, yet the great majority of species are seldom seen. The only clue to their presence might be a footprint left on a muddy track, a scat deposited on a rocky ledge, or bones scattered on a forest floor. In Tracks, Scats and Other Traces, Barbara Triggs provides all information needed to identify mammals anywhere in Australia, using only the tracks or other signs they leave behind. Features a new cover design, and covers all Australian states and territories.
This invaluable companion to The Mammals of Australia (third edition) is intended to be taken into the field. Genuinely practical outdoors, this guide includes current taxonomy, colour photos, dimensions, weights, up-to-date distribution maps and habitat preferences of all 388 mammal species that occur or occurred in Australia and its territorial waters. In addition, the second half of the book contains newly developed comprehensive, species-level identification keys, generously illustrated with detailed figures and maps, for each Australian State. These individual keys simplify the identification process and allow the lay reader to distinguish all mammal species, no matter how subtle the differences.

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