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
     
 

ISBN-10: 012782622X

ISBN-13: 9780127826226

Pub. Date: 05/30/2001

Publisher: Elsevier Science

Herpetology, Second Edition has been thoroughly revised. The text has been reorganized, new chapters have been added, new text references have been inserted. All this plus new color systematics sections will maintain this book as THE leading textbook on the biology of amphibians and reptiles. The book will also showcase reptiles and amphibians as model

Overview

Herpetology, Second Edition has been thoroughly revised. The text has been reorganized, new chapters have been added, new text references have been inserted. All this plus new color systematics sections will maintain this book as THE leading textbook on the biology of amphibians and reptiles. The book will also showcase reptiles and amphibians as model systems in conceptual areas of biology. Such a text will help integrate herpetology as a discipline into conceptually oriented undergraduate programs. The book should also appeal to a large audience of sophisticated lay people interested in reptiles and amphibians.

Key Features
• Written by internationally recognized experts on the biology of amphibians and reptiles
• Provides a general background on the evolution and morphology of amphibians and reptiles
• Details what is known about reproduction and life histories
• Examines physiological ecology, emphasizing water balance, temperature, and energy
• Integrates population and community ecology with conservation biology
• Provides detailed taxonomic accounts of all higher taxa, including high quality distribution maps and color photographs

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

Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Part IEvolutionary History
1Tetrapod Relationships and Evolutionary Systematics
Amphibians and Reptiles--Evolutionary History4
Systematics--Theory and Practice21
Additional Reading32
References32
2Anatomy of Amphibians and Reptiles
Development and Growth33
Integument--The External Envelope45
Skeleton and Muscles--Support, Movement, and Form49
Nerves and Sense Organs--Coordination and Perception60
Heart and Vascular Network--Internal Transport66
Digestive and Respiratory Organs--Energy Acquisition and Processing68
Urinary and Reproductive Organs--Waste Removal and Propagation72
Endocrine Glands--Chemical Regulators and Initiators74
Additional Reading76
References76
3Evolution of Ancient and Modern Amphibians and Reptiles
History of Amphibians77
History of Reptiles87
Additional Reading103
References104
Part IIReproduction and Life Histories
4Modes of Reproduction and Parental Care
Gametogenesis and Fertilization107
Reproductive Modes113
Sexual versus Asexual Reproduction124
Parental Care128
Evolution of Parental Care133
Additional Reading133
References134
5Reproductive Ecology and Life Histories
Reproductive Ecology135
Life Histories144
Additional Reading153
References153
Part IIIPhysiological Ecology
6Water Balance and Gas Exchange
Water and Salt Balance157
Respiratory Gas Exchange168
Respiration and Metabolism174
Additional Reading175
References175
7Thermoregulation, Performance, and Energetics
Thermoregulation179
Dormancy188
Energetics191
Additional Reading196
References196
Part IVBehavioral Ecology
8Spacing, Movements, and Orientation
Local Distribution of Individuals200
Movements, Homing, and Migrations208
Additional Reading219
References220
9Communication and Social Behavior
Communication222
Reproductive Behavior236
Additional Reading247
References247
10Foraging Ecology and Diets
Foraging Modes249
Detecting, Capturing, and Eating Prey252
Additional Reading272
References273
11Defense and Escape
Predator Avoidance276
Offsetting the Effects of Parasitism295
Additional Reading297
References298
Part VPopulation And Community Ecology
12Population Structure and Dynamics
Characteristics of Populations301
Population Structure and Growth305
Additional Reading313
References313
13Community and Geographical Ecology
Communities315
Geography of Populations331
Additional Reading338
References338
14Conservation Biology
General Principles340
Human Impact on Amphibian and Reptile Communities342
Preservation and Management--Ideals and Problems357
Additional Reading364
References364
Part VIClassification And Diversity
15Caecilians
Overview367
Taxonomic Accounts370
16Salamanders
Overview375
Taxonomic Accounts376
17Frogs
Overview389
Taxonomic Accounts397
18Turtles
Overview435
Taxonomic Accounts438
19Crocodylians
Overview457
Taxonomic Accounts458
20Tuataras and Lizards
Overview--Sphenodontida465
Taxonomic Account466
Overview--Squamata467
Taxonomic Accounts469
21Snakes
Overview503
Taxonomic Accounts506
Glossary533
Bibliography539
Taxonomic Index597
Author Index615
Subject Index627

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