A fragile balance: the extraordinary story of Australian marsupials.

A fragile balance: the extraordinary story of Australian marsupials. Christopher Dickman.

Melbourne: Mallon Publishing, 2007. Quarto, colour illustrations by Rosemary Woodford Ganf, fine copy in dustwrapper.

Some 220 species of marsupial are confined to the Australasian region. In Australia, marsupials are the most diverse and dominant indigenous species, from the wallaby and the wombat to the kangaroo and koala. This book provides the most up-to-date information on marsupials. Covering all marsupial species in Australia, this book uses an evolutionary framework to interpret the marsupial's biological traits. Each species account includes a basic biological description, a range map, and a measure of conservation status. The accounts are bounded by general chapters on biology, natural history, cultural history, and conservation. The book also emphasizes the interactions between and among marsupials, as well as between marsupials and humans. The book combines the expertise of biologist Christopher Dickman with the artistic talents of Rosemary Woodford Ganf.

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