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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.
* 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.
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.
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)
|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|
|Pt. VI||Classification and Diversity|
|20||Tuataras and Lizards|