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

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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.

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

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

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..."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780127826202
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 2/26/1993
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 527
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.06 (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

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
Taxonomic Index
Author Index
Subject Index
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