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

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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

Audience: Undergraduate students in herpetology and the faculty who teach this class and related classes (e.g. Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Vertebrate Natural History, others). The book will also showcase reptiles and amphibians as model systems in conceptual areas of biology. Such a text will help intergrate 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 amphibian.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...well-suited for an undergraduate-level herpetology course in biology, evolution, or taxonomy...invaluable also as a reference for professional herpetologists."
-SOUTHEASTERN NATURALIST

From the Reviews of the First Edition
"...a must for anyone just starting into the field of herpetology ..."
Canadian Field Naturalist

"Zug's text contains new chapeters with new text references and new color illustrations that will keep this book on the top..."
—Dave Hyatt for THE TUSCON HERPETOLOGICAL SOCIETY (Nov 2003)

Booknews
Summarizes diversity in the biology of amphibians and reptiles and describes current herpetological research. Covers evolution, classification, development, reproduction, population, and environmental issues, and introduces the history of the field. Includes b&w illustrations and photos, and subject and scientific name indexes. For undergraduates. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780127826226
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 5/30/2001
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 630
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 11.24 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Vitt is a reptile ecologist who received his Ph.D. from Arizona Sate University in 1976. He was a Professor at UCLA for 8 years and Professor and Curator at the Sam Noble Museum at the University of Oklahoma for 21 years. He currently maintains Emeritus status. He has had extensive field experience in American deserts and New World tropics, especially Brazil. He has published more than 250 research articles and 8 books. Awards include appointment as a George Lynn Cross Research Professor at the University of Oklahoma, membership in the Brazilian Academy of Scientists, Distinguished Alumnus (Western Washington University), Distinguished Herpetologist (Herpetologist League), and two book awards.

Dr. Caldwell is an amphibian biologist who received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1974. She was a Professor of Biology and Curator at the Sam Noble Museum at the University of Oklahoma for 21 years, where she received recognition for outstanding research. She is now Professor Emeritus and Curator Emeritus. Dr. Caldwell conducted field research in tropical forests in Brazil and other South American countries that resulted in publication of numerous scientific articles. She served as President of the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles and as editor of several scientific journals. She participated is various projects with the goal of encouraging young people, especially girls, to choose careers in science.

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Table of Contents

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