The animals of New Zealand: an account of the Dominions air-breathing vertebrates.

The animals of New Zealand: an account of the Dominions air-breathing vertebrates. Frederick Wollaston Hutton, James Drummond.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. Octavo, paperback, black and white illustrations.

A geologist and a supporter of Darwinian theory, Frederick Wollaston Hutton (1836-1905) emigrated to New Zealand in 1866. There became Professor of Biology at Canterbury College and won awards both in Britain and Australasia for his work on the natural history of New Zealand. He published scientific papers on biology and zoology as well as geology and, with James Drummond, wrote The Animals of New Zealand which was extremely successful. The book focuses on native vertebrates, so the bulk of the content relates to birds, of which Hutton had published a catalogue in 1871. It also describes marine mammals, reptiles, and bats, and gives brief coverage to introduced species. There are 154 illustrations, and indexes of Maori, English and scientific names.

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