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Written in a style readily understood by the general reader, this book surveys the rich and varied world of Australian mammals, including such creatures as koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, dingos, and wombats. Because of the continent's isolation, Australian mammals have developed as no where else on earth. The native fauna is composed largely of marsupials (pouched mammals) and monotremes (egg-laying mammals).
A magnificent photographic record, this book provides an account of every native species as well as introduced species now living in a wild state. Each species account summarizes behavior and habitat, diet, reproduction and growth, and factors that lead to death. Covering everything that is known about an animal's current biology and survival status, the book presents detailed statistical information alongside the fascinating and peculiar details of animals' lives.
Many of the creatures depicted here are shy, rare, and unfamiliar to the general reader. Many are threatened with extinction. Mammals of Australia can only aid in fostering appreciation of their fragility and uniqueness.
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This revision of The Australian Museum Complete Book of Australian Mammals (Angus & Robertson, 1983) covers all species of mammals, native and introduced, exclusive of whales, known to have existed in Australia since the arrival of Europeans. After an overview on origin, classification, and conservation, the book focuses on species accounts prepared by over 150 experts. Each brief, signed account includes identification, size, habitat, reproduction, conservation, a range map, selected references, and, for nearly all, one or more excellent color photos. The editor is a senior research scientist with the Australian Museum in Sydney. This readable reference on a unique fauna will appeal to general readers and specialists alike. Highly recommended for both public and academic libraries.?Bruce Neville, Univ. of Texas at El Paso Lib.
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Book Description Smithsonian, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111560986735
Book Description Smithsonian, 1996. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1560986735