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The Handbook of New Zealand Mammals

Author :  Carolyn M King (editor)

Product Details

  • Country Australia
  • Publisher CSIRO Publishing, Australia
  • ISBN9781486306282
  • FormatHardBound
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Year of Publication2021
  • Bib. Info27cm
  • CategoriesDU - Oceania (South Seas)
  • Product Weight2155 gms.
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This is the only definitive reference on all the land-breeding mammals recorded in the New Zealand region (including the New Zealand sector of Antarctica). It lists 65 species, native and exotic, wild and feral, living and extinct, residents, vagrants and failed introductions. It describes their history, biology and ecology, and brings together comprehensive and detailed information gathered from widely scattered sources or hitherto unpublished. The description of each species is arranged under standardised headings for easy reference. The contributors are all leading authorities in mammal science in New Zealand, and all have studied in the field the species they describe. Because the only native land-breeding mammals in New Zealand are bats and seals, the great majority of the modern mammal fauna comprises introduced species, whose arrival has had profound effects, both for themselves and for the native fauna and flora. Each species account emphasises the ecological effects of the introductions. For the natives, changes in numbers and distribution; and for the arrivals, changes in habitat, diet, numbers, and size in comparison with their ancestral stocks, and some of the problems they present to resource managers, are all summarised. For this Third Edition, the texts and references have been completely updated and reorganised into Family chapters. The colour section includes 14 pages of artwork showing all the species described and their main variations, plus two pages of maps.

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