Australia’s introduced vertebrate pest species cost at least $1 billion annually in economic, environmental and social impacts. The Guide to Introduced Pest Animals of Australia is a comprehensive, practical guide to 60 introduced pest animal species present in Australia, including 27 mammals, 18 birds, nine freshwater fish, two amphibians and four reptiles. It contains descriptive information to identify each species in the field, including distinctive physical characteristics, size, weight, coloration, diet, breeding behavior, habitat preferences, and information about footprints, dung, scats and audible animal calls.Each species profile is accompanied by practical management information, maps and high-quality photographs – allowing readers to learn about pest species in their local area, what problems they might cause, and what control options exist for management. This guide also contains a number of emerging high-risk pest species that may pose a significant threat to our natural environment, economy, agriculture and human health.Whether you are a farmer, natural resource manager, public land manager, pest controller, teacher, student, field naturalist or wildlife ecologist, this easy-to-use guide will help you identify Australia’s most significant introduced pest animals in your local area.
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About the Author
Peter West has 20 years’ experience in invasive species research and wildlife management. He is a researcher with the NSW Department of Primary Industries and has spent the past 10 years working closely with communities across Australia implementing pest monitoring and control programs. He focuses on providing practical tools and solutions to pest problems, and currently manages a national pest animal monitoring program. He has also developed phone apps to help people identify pest species in the field.
Table of Contents
PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroductionMammalsBirdsReptilesAmphibiansFreshwater fishHigh risk speciesAdditional resources and readingGlossaryReferencesIndex