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 this new, fully revised and expanded edition of her award-winning field guide, Mammal Tracks and Signs
, Barbara Triggs provides all the information needed to identify mammals anywhere in Australia, using only the tracks or other signs they leave behind. Tracks, Scats and Other Traces
contains hundreds of new illustrations and extensive new text, and is organised in a different format for easier identification of the visible traces left by Australian mammals in their passage. It is divided into four sections:
Tracks, Scats and Other Traces
- Tracks - line drawings are matched with photographs of the same tracks in sand or mud.
- Scats - the faeces of 128 species are illustrated in colour. A selection of scats and a distribution map and habitat information are given for each species. In addition, pellets and scats of birds, reptiles and invertebrates are illustrated.
- Shelters, feeding signs and other traces - provides detailed descriptions and more than seventy colour photographs of the distinctive traces of mammals.
- Bones - forty full-page plates of skulls, lower jaws, humeri and femurs cover thirty-eight commonly found species, plus a detailed guide that covers all mammal groups.
will be indispensable equipment for bushwalkers, naturalists, students, zoologists, and other professionals - in fact, for anyone wanting a better understanding of Australia's unique mammal fauna.