Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species / Edition 1

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This benchmark volume documents in comprehensive detail a major environmental crisis: rapidly declining amphibian populations and the disturbing developmental problems that are increasingly prevalent within many amphibian species. Horror stories on this topic have been featured in the scientific and popular press over the past fifteen years, invariably asking what amphibian declines are telling us about the state of the environment. Are declines harbingers of devastated ecosystems or simply weird reflections of a peculiar amphibian world?

This compendium—presenting new data, reviews of current literature, and comprehensive species accounts—reinforces what scientists have begun to suspect, that amphibians are a lens through which the state of the environment can be viewed more clearly. And, that the view is alarming and presages serious concerns for all life, including that of our own species.

The first part of this work consists of more than fifty essays covering topics from the causes of declines to conservation, surveys and monitoring, and education. The second part consists of species accounts describing the life history and natural history of every known amphibian species in the United States.

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“An extraordinary book based on the experience of an impressive team of specialists on amphibian declines and conservation.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520235922
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1115
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 11.38 (h) x 2.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Lannoo is Professor at the Muncie Center for Medical Education,
Indiana University School of Medicine. He is author of Status and Conservation of Midwestern Amphibians (1998) and Okoboji Wetlands: A Lesson in Natural History (1996).
In 2001, he was awarded the Parker/Gentry Award for Conservation Biology by The Field Museum of Natural History.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Conservation essays 1
1 Diverse phenomena influencing amphibian population declines 3
2 Why are some species in decline but others not? 7
3 Philosophy, value judgments, and declining amphibians 10
4 Embracing human diversity in conservation 15
5 Declining amphibian populations task force 17
6 Meeting the challenge of amphibian declines with an interdisciplinary research program 23
7 Biology of amphibian declines 28
8 Declines of Eastern North American woodland salamanders (Plethodon) 34
9 Decline of northern cricket frogs (Acris crepitans) 47
10 Overwintering in northern cricket frogs (Acris crepitans) 55
11 Repercussions of global change 60
12 Lessons from Europe 64
13 Risk factors and declines in northern cricket frogs (Acris crepitans)
14 Ultraviolet radiation 87
15 Xenobiotics 89
16 Variation in pesticide tolerance 93
17 Lucke renal adenocarcinoma 96
18 Malformed frogs in Minnesota : history and interspecific differences 103
19 Parasites of North American frogs 109
20 Parasite infection and limb malformations : a growing problem in amphibian conservation 124
21 Pine silviculture 139
22 Commercial trade 146
23 Houston toads and Texas politics 150
24 Amphibian conservation needs 168
25 Amphibian population cycles and long-term data sets 177
26 Landscape ecology 185
27 Conservation of Texas spring and cave salamanders (Eurycea) 193
28 Lessons from the tropics 198
29 Taxonomy and amphibian declines 206
30 Conservation systematics : the bufo boreas species group 210
31 Factors limiting the recovery of boreal toads (Bufo b. boreas) 222
32 Southwestern desert bufonids 237
33 Amphibian ecotoxicology 241
34 Museum collections 244
35 Critical areas 247
36 Creating habitat reserves for migratory salamanders 260
37 Population manipulations 265
38 Exotic species 271
39 Protecting amphibians while restoring fish populations 275
40 Reflections upon amphibian conservation 277
41 Distribution of South Dakota anurans 283
42 Nebraska's declining amphibians 292
43 Museum collections can assess population trends 295
44 Monitoring salamander populations in great smoky mountains national park 300
45 North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP) 307
46 Evaluating calling surveys 314
47 Geographical information systems and survey designs 320
48 Impacts of forest management on amphibians 326
49 Monitoring pigment pattern morphs of northern leopard frogs 328
50 The National Amphibian Conservation Center 339
51 A thousand friends of frogs : its origins 341
52 Of men and deformed frogs : a journalist's lament 344
Pt. 2 Species accounts 349
Introduction 351
Anura 381
Caudata 601
Factors implicated in amphibian population declines in the United States 915
Conclusion 926
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