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Notes on the mammals of Tasmania

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posted on 2023-11-22, 09:38 authored by Clive Errol Lord
It is remarkable that more attention has not been paid to the Mammals of Tasmania. Many interesting species occur here, and as they are decreasing in number every year, the following notes have been compiled in order to attempt to arouse interest ere it is too late.
Unless unforeseen circumstances occur, many of our Mammals will share the fate of our Tasmanian Emu, and become extinct. Apart from the lists compiled by Gunn (1852), Krefft (1868), and Higgins and Petterd (1883), there has not been a separate list of our Mammals published.
The foregoing lists are incomplete, and also out of print. Anyone desiring general information has to search through numerous descriptions of species in works dealing with Australian fauna, and, if possible, select the Tasmanian forms. As these are not always given in full, some confusion has been caused. In order to eliminate this, and also to make a starting point for further study, the accompanying list has been drawn up.


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Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania



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In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania..

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