Predators with Pouches: The Biology of Carnivorous Marsupials
Menna Jones, Chris R. Dickman, Mike Archer, Michael Archer
Csiro Publishing, 2003 - Nature - 486 pages
Predators with Pouches provides a unique synthesis of current knowledge of the world’s carnivorous marsupials—from Patagonia to New Guinea and North America to Tasmania. Written by 63 experts in each field, the book covers a comprehensive range of disciplines including evolution and systematics, reproductive biology, physiology, ecology, behaviour and conservation.
Predators with Pouches reveals the relationships between the American didelphids and the Australian dasyurids, and explores the role of the marsupial fauna in the mammal community. It introduces the geologically oldest marsupials, from the Americas, and examines the fall from former diversity of the larger marsupial carnivores and their convergent evolution with placental forms.
The book covers all aspects of carnivorous marsupials, including interesting features of life history, their unique reproduction, the physiological basis for early senescence in semelparous dasyurids, sex ratio variation and juvenile dispersal. It looks at gradients in nutrition—from omnivory to insectivory to carnivory—as well as distributional ecology, social structure and conservation dilemmas.
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Comparative anatomy of the Tiupampa didelphimorphs an approach to locomotory habits
Molecular phylogeography and species limits in rainforest didelphid marsupials of South America
Diversity and distribution of Thylamys Didelphidae in South America with emphasis on species
recent advances in palaeontology
why are there so many kinds of dasyurid?
Reproduction and development
Behaviour of carnivorous marsupials
Chemical communication in dasyurid marsupials
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Parasites of carnivorous marsupials
Part S Conservation
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Thermal biology and energetics of carnivorous marsupials
Stress hormones and mortality in small carnivorous marsupials
Evolutionary ecology and behaviour
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