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The species of living marsupials: an annotated list

  • John A. W. Kirsch
  • John H. Calaby
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Abstract

As all first-year zoology students well know,the Australian marsupials represent an adaptive radiation recalling that of eutherian mammals elsewhere. Australian marsupials include a wide range of herbivores, insectivores and carnivores; they are found in virtually every habitat from alpine to desert to rain forest; and the group lacks only conspicuous rodent-like and bat-like forms — significantly, relatively recently immigrant placental mammals fill these roles.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John A. W. Kirsch
  • John H. Calaby
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Wildlife ResearchCanberraAustralia

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