Herpetology: An Introductory Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles / Edition 2

Herpetology: An Introductory Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles / Edition 2

by George R. Zug, Laurie J. Vitt, Janalee P. Caldwell
     
 

Amphibians and reptiles occupy a crucial position in the evolution of vertebrates and therefore are representative of many of the transitions that eventually resulted in the evolution of mammals and birds. The Second Edition of Herpetology synthesizes what is known about the biology and systematics of amphibians and reptiles, combining thoroughly revised and

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Overview

Amphibians and reptiles occupy a crucial position in the evolution of vertebrates and therefore are representative of many of the transitions that eventually resulted in the evolution of mammals and birds. The Second Edition of Herpetology synthesizes what is known about the biology and systematics of amphibians and reptiles, combining thoroughly revised and expanded text discussions with informative, largely new graphics and numerous color illustrations.
Herpetology is and ideal text for an undergraduate-level introductory course, but will also be of interest to faculty, researchers, and graduate students as a source of information about these interesting animals. Because of its broad coverage, Herpetology is relevant to courses in vertebrate biology, ecology, behavior, systematics, and evolution.
Key features
• Evolution and morphology of amphibians and reptiles
• Reproduction and life histories
• Physiological ecology emphasizing water balance, temperature, and energy
• Behavior, including spacing, social behavior, foraging, and predator escape
• Integration of population and community ecology with conservation biology
• Detailed taxonomic accounts of all higher taxa, including high-quality distribution maps and color photographs
From reviews of the First Edition:
"This will be a valued, and oft-consulted, addition to any naturalist's or conservationist's library for its up-to-date comprehensive overview of these ecologically important groups and their role in the contemporary environment; it is a must for anyone just starting into the field of herpetology...".
—CANADIAN FIELD NATURALIST

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780127826226
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
05/30/2001
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
630
Product dimensions:
8.74(w) x 11.24(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. IEvolutionary History
1Tetrapod Relationships and Evolutionary Systematics
2Anatomy of Amphibians and Reptiles
3Evolution of Ancient and Modern Amphibians and Reptiles
Pt. IIReproduction and Life Histories
4Modes of Reproduction and Parental Care
5Reproductive Ecology and Life Histories
Pt. IIIPhysiological Ecology
6Water Balance and Gas Exchange
7Thermoregulation, Performance, and Energetics
Pt. IVBehavioral Ecology
8Spacing, Movements, and Orientation
9Communication and Social Behavior
10Foraging Ecology and Diets
11Defense and Escape
Pt. VPopulation and Community Ecology
12Population Structure and Dynamics
13Community and Geographical Ecology
14Conservation Biology
Pt. VIClassification and Diversity
15Caecilians
16Salamanders
17Frogs
18Turtles
19Crocodylians
20Tuataras and Lizards
21Snakes
Glossary
Bibliography
Taxonomic Index
Author Index
Subject Index

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