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

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

by Michael J. Lannoo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520235924

ISBN-13: 9780520235922

Pub. Date: 06/15/2005

Publisher: University of California Press


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…  See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520235922
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/15/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
1115
Product dimensions:
8.86(w) x 11.38(h) x 2.05(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1Conservation essays1
1Diverse phenomena influencing amphibian population declines3
2Why are some species in decline but others not?7
3Philosophy, value judgments, and declining amphibians10
4Embracing human diversity in conservation15
5Declining amphibian populations task force17
6Meeting the challenge of amphibian declines with an interdisciplinary research program23
7Biology of amphibian declines28
8Declines of Eastern North American woodland salamanders (Plethodon)34
9Decline of northern cricket frogs (Acris crepitans)47
10Overwintering in northern cricket frogs (Acris crepitans)55
11Repercussions of global change60
12Lessons from Europe64
13Risk factors and declines in northern cricket frogs (Acris crepitans)
14Ultraviolet radiation87
15Xenobiotics89
16Variation in pesticide tolerance93
17Lucke renal adenocarcinoma96
18Malformed frogs in Minnesota : history and interspecific differences103
19Parasites of North American frogs109
20Parasite infection and limb malformations : a growing problem in amphibian conservation124
21Pine silviculture139
22Commercial trade146
23Houston toads and Texas politics150
24Amphibian conservation needs168
25Amphibian population cycles and long-term data sets177
26Landscape ecology185
27Conservation of Texas spring and cave salamanders (Eurycea)193
28Lessons from the tropics198
29Taxonomy and amphibian declines206
30Conservation systematics : the bufo boreas species group210
31Factors limiting the recovery of boreal toads (Bufo b. boreas)222
32Southwestern desert bufonids237
33Amphibian ecotoxicology241
34Museum collections244
35Critical areas247
36Creating habitat reserves for migratory salamanders260
37Population manipulations265
38Exotic species271
39Protecting amphibians while restoring fish populations275
40Reflections upon amphibian conservation277
41Distribution of South Dakota anurans283
42Nebraska's declining amphibians292
43Museum collections can assess population trends295
44Monitoring salamander populations in great smoky mountains national park300
45North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP)307
46Evaluating calling surveys314
47Geographical information systems and survey designs320
48Impacts of forest management on amphibians326
49Monitoring pigment pattern morphs of northern leopard frogs328
50The National Amphibian Conservation Center339
51A thousand friends of frogs : its origins341
52Of men and deformed frogs : a journalist's lament344
Pt. 2Species accounts349
Introduction351
Anura381
Caudata601
Factors implicated in amphibian population declines in the United States915
Conclusion926

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