Predators with Pouches: The Biology of Carnivorous Marsupials

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Csiro Publishing, 2003 - Nature - 486 pages
This book covers all aspects of carnivorous marsupials, including life history, 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.
 

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Contents

Early marsupial radiations in South America
33
Comparative anatomy of the Tiupampa didelphimorphs an approach to locomotory habits
45
Molecular phylogeography and species limits in rainforest didelphid marsupials of South America
65
Diversity and distribution of Thylamys Didelphidae in South America with emphasis on species
82
recent advances in palaeontology
102
why are there so many kinds of dasyurid?
124
Reproduction and development
131
Male genital system of South American didelphids
184
Evolutionary ecology and behaviour
269
Behaviour of carnivorous marsupials
332
Chemical communication in dasyurid marsupials
347
clues to the likelihood of sperm competition
358
why when how?
376
Parasites of carnivorous marsupials
383
Conservation
395
problems issues and solutions for conserving Australasias marsupial carnivores
422

Physiology
215
Nutritional and fibre contents of laboratoryestablished diets of neotropical opossums Didelphidae
229
Thermal biology and energetics of carnivorous marsupials
238
Stress hormones and mortality in small carnivorous marsupials
255
a case study
435
Conservation of the numbat Myrmecobius fasciatus
452
The application of genetic research to conservation management in carnivorous marsupials
477
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