Ecological and Environmental Physiology of Amphibians

Ecological and Environmental Physiology of Amphibians

by Stan Hillman, Philip C. Withers, Robert C. Drewes
     
 

Amphibians are the extant descendants of the first vertebrate class to successfully colonize terrestrial environments; hence they occupy a unique position between fish and reptiles. Amphibian skin provides essentially no resistance to evaporative water loss, and consequently daily water turnover rates are an order of magnitude greater than in other terrestrial

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Amphibians are the extant descendants of the first vertebrate class to successfully colonize terrestrial environments; hence they occupy a unique position between fish and reptiles. Amphibian skin provides essentially no resistance to evaporative water loss, and consequently daily water turnover rates are an order of magnitude greater than in other terrestrial vertebrate groups. This has led to a suite of physiological, morphological and behavioural adaptations that have allowed a successful terrestrial existence in spite of this apparently spendthrift water retention strategy.

Ecological and Environmental Physiology of Amphibians provides a synthesis of current research on the comparative physiology of amphibians with a particular emphasis on water balance. It adopts a strong environmental perspective and includes a wealth of information on ecology, phylogeny and development. As with other books in the Ecological and Environmental Physiology Series, the emphasis in this book is on the unique physiological characteristics of the amphibians, although the latest experimental techniques and future research directions are also considered. This accessible text is suitable for both graduate students and researchers in the fields of amphibian comparative physiology and physiological ecology, including specialist courses in amphibian ecology. It will also be of value and use to the many professional herpetologists requiring a concise overview of the topic.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198570325
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/05/2009
Series:
Ecological and Environmental Physiology Series
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
2. General Physiological Principles.
3. Specialized Physiological Characteristics of Amphibia.
4. Physiological Adaptations to Extreme Environments.
5. Approaches and Techniques.
6. Conclusions and Future Directions.

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