Herpetology: An Introductory Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles / Edition 1

Herpetology: An Introductory Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles / Edition 1

by George R. Zug
     
 

ISBN-10: 0127826203

ISBN-13: 9780127826202

Pub. Date: 02/26/1993

Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books

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

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 an 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 for 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)

Author Biography: George R. Zug, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Laurie J. Vitt, University of Oklahoma, Norman, U.S.A.
Janalee P. Caldwell, University of Oklahoma, Norman, U.S.A.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780127826202
Publisher:
Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date:
02/26/1993
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
527
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.29(h) x 1.06(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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