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

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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

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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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