Taxonomy of Australian Mammals

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A complete taxonomic revision of all Australian mammals, both terrestrial and marine.

Taxonomy of Australian Mammals utilises the latest morphometric and genetic research to develop the most up to date and comprehensive revision of the taxonomy of Australian mammals undertaken to date. It proposes significant changes to the higher ranks of a number of groups and recognises several genera and species that have only very recently been identified as distinct. This easy to use reference also includes a complete listing of all species, subspecies and synonyms for all of Australia’s mammals, both native and introduced as well as terrestrial and marine. + Full description

This book lays a foundation for future taxonomic work and identifies areas where taxonomic studies should be targeted, not only at the species and subspecies level but also broader phylogenetic relationships. This work will be an essential reference for students, scientists, wildlife managers and those interested in the science of taxonomy.

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"this is a must-have book for systematists interested in the biodiversity of vertebrates of the southern hemisphere."
David A. Morrison, Systematic Biology, Vol 65(2), 2016, pp. 346-348

"The strength and bulk of this volume lies in its research. The research involved is extreme with the detail required imposing. The two main sections, taxonomies and references, required a flawless level of accuracy and consistency in finding their primary sources and collating them in this comprehensive secondary source. It is a first stopping-point on the way to finding the primary sources and as such it is invaluable... I recommend this volume to all those working with aspects of mammalian taxonomy and to university librarians, museums and wildlife management institutions."
Graham R. Fulton, Pacific Conservation Biology, pp 82-83

"It has been nearly 30 years since the last major treatment of the taxonomy of Australian mammals, and much has changed since... Jackson and Groves capture much of this advance, and provide an authoritative and extremely detailed account of the Australian mammal fauna."
John Woinarski, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol 91, June 2016, pp 216-217

"With taxonomy a continually evolving process, Taxonomy of Australian Mammals is a comprehensive reference text that sets out to acknowledge the important and ground-breaking work of its predecessors and the enormous number of taxonomic revisions of specific groups... It is obvious that both authors have painstakingly researched this book, resulting in an excellent reference text that will be very useful for students, scientists and wildlife managers - all those involved in the research and study of our mammalian wildlife and its classification."
P Tucak, Australian Veterinary Journal, Vol 94(6), June 2016, pp 212


Hardback | June 2015 | $160.00
ISBN: 9781486300129 | 536 pages | 260 x 200 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

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ISBN: 9781486300136
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ISBN: 9781486300143
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  • Includes all ranks of Australian mammals and includes the synonyms for each rank
  • Easy reference to all species, subspecies and synonyms of all Australian mammals both native and introduced
  • Complete bibliography to promote further reading and research
  • Large list of definitions of terms used in the text
  • Highlights areas where future taxonomic research is needed

There are some minor errors on pages 22, 26, 123, 124, 126 and 239 that should be replaced with these entries.


Definitions of nomenclatural and bibliographic terms
Taxonomy of the mammals of Australia
Index of common names
Index of scientific names


Stephen Jackson is an adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales. He has studied different aspects of Australian mammals over the last 20 years from which he has published numerous refereed papers and book chapters. This is his sixth book.

Colin Groves is Professor of Biological Anthropology at the Australian National University. He works primarily on mammalian taxonomy and phylogeny, mainly on ungulates, primates and carnivores, and has also published occasional papers on monotremes, marsupials and rodents.