Books authored by Keith Davey

 

Australian Desert Life  

Australian Desert Life


Published by Periwinkle Colour Series - Landsdowne Press, Melbourne 1969
Few areas of the Australian continent contain such a rich variety of life as the deserts of the interio; home of creatures as different as the giant Perentie lizard which can grow to almost three metres long, and desert mice which can hop like kangaroos.
This book describes some of the common examples of desert life and explains how they have adapted to their harsh environment. With 50 photographs in coloiur, line drawings and monochromes.
A major part of the Australian landform is arid. Australia contains the second largest area of arid land in any continent. This sparse land, covers 70% of the continent. Although this is a great area of arid land, very little of it is true sand desert.
Contents:
1 What makes a desert
2 Life in the desert
3 Plants and vegetation
4 Lizards
5 Mammals
6 Birds
7 Insects and arachnids
8 Further reading and index

Australian Lizards  

Australian Lizards


Published by Periwinkle Guide - Landsdowne Press, Dee Why West, 1970, 1977
Did you know that there are lizards without legs, that look like snakes? Lizards with a third eye on top of their heads? That some lizards can bark or squuek? That others can cast off their tails without ill-effect?
This book introduces the reader to Australian lizards, a varied and often unusual group of reptiles. Descriptions of over fifty species representing the five family groupings present in Australia are given, enabling the keen naturalist to place any lizard they may come across in its correct family ( Note: this may have been so at the time of printing, but recent revisions of genera and species makes this claim incorrect at this time, 2008).
Contents:
1 An introduction to lizards
2 Geckos (Gekkonidae)
3 Legless Lizards(Pygopodidae)
4 Skinks (Scincidae)
5 Dragons (Agamidae)
6 Goannas (Varanidae)
7 Glossary, further reading and index

Australian Marsupials  

Australian Marsupials


Published by Periwinkle Guide - Landsdowne Press, Dee Why West, 1970, 1976
The marsupials are among the most popular Australian animals. They include the koalas, kangaroos, wombats, possums and their relatives. Marsupials are exlusive to two continents, America and Australia, and are distinguished by the fact that the female possesses a pouch into which the young are prematurely born. This book is an introduction to the life and habits of marsupials. It will also enable the reader to identify more than sixty species.
Contents:
1 Introduction
2 Polyprotodont Marsupials
3 Diprotodont Narsupials
4 Further reading
5 Glossary, further reading and index

Visit the following website for more information on Australian Macropods.

Our Arid Environment  

Our Arid Environment -
animals of Australia's Desert Regions


More than five million square kilometres, or 70% of Australia is arid. The environment is one of harsh extremes; searingly hot and dry during long summers or swept by drenching deluges and sheet floods. Yet hundreds of species of animals have adapted to survive in this vast arid region; finding and conserving food and water and in mating and raising their young.
Our Arid Environment - animals of Australia's desert gegions, is the first book to examine how the arid-zone animals have adapted to their surroundings. Keith Davey begins this fascinating study with two chapters that survey the region, its characteristics and the constraints with which the desert animals must cope. In the following chapters descriptions are given of the animals, their habitats and the special features which each has developed in order to survive. Cross-references offer useful and interesting comparisons between the many species covered.
Extensive research by the author, together with his synthesis of material from the findings of emenent researchers, result in this book for the academic, student and general interest. Illustrated with many descriptive colour photographs and over sixty supurbly detailed line drawings and informative maps, the book provides a comprehensive bibliography and index.
Valuable research is being undertaken in the arid zone. It is hoped that this book, by imparting such knowledge and thus increasingly of the area and its wildlife, will help in the attempts to preserve the remaining populations of arid-zone animals.

Australian Seashore Life  

A Photographic Guide to Seashore Life of Australia


This handy, pocket-sized guide is an ideal travelling companion for anyone exploring Australia's coastline.
Coastal rock pools, rocky ocean shores, beaches and estuarine shores are alive with numerous forms of sea life - from slugs and worms to crabs an, seastars, anemones and various animals that live in shells.
"A Photographic Guide to Seashore Life of Australia" wil help you easily identify the fascinating creatures you discover as you walk along the beach or gaze into rock pools.
Each of the 232 species or groups in the book is illustrated with a colour photograph and each entry also includes a distribution map and a description of the animal or algae. In addition, the introductory sections of the book explain the classification, biology and habitats of these creatures.
"A Photographic Guide to Seashore Life of Australia" is published by New Holland Publishers and can be ordered from all book stores. This book is now in its third edition.
Also associated with this book is a website that further explores the ecology, environmental and biological hazards that all seashore life must adapt to, or perish.
Visit Life on Australian Seashores at MESA, Marine Education Society for Australasia.

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