Sympathy for the devil [Book reviewed : "Tasmanian Devil: A Unique and Threatened Animal" by David Owen and David Pemberton]

Phillips, Matthew J. (2006) Sympathy for the devil [Book reviewed : "Tasmanian Devil: A Unique and Threatened Animal" by David Owen and David Pemberton]. Nature, 440(7088), p. 1115.

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Two representations have dominated public perceptions of the largest living marsupial carnivore, the Tasmanian devil. One is the voracious, hurricane-like innocent savage Taz of Looney Tunes cartoon fame. The other, familiar in nineteenth- and twentieth-century rural Tasmania, is the ferocious predator and scavenger that wantonly kills livestock — and perhaps even people, should they become immobilized in the wilderness at night. Devils can take prey nearly three times their size and eat more than a third of their body weight in a sitting. Even so, it is hard to imagine how this species, being only slightly larger than a fox terrier, could be so maligned in name and image...

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ID Code: 50524
Item Type: Review
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: marsupial carnivore, Tasmanian devil
DOI: 10.1038/4401115a
ISSN: 1476-4679
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 22 May 2012 22:15
Last Modified: 23 May 2012 21:44

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