Lizards: Windows to the Evolution of Diversity / Edition 1

Lizards: Windows to the Evolution of Diversity / Edition 1

by Eric R. Pianka, Laurie J. Vitt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520248473

ISBN-13: 9780520248472

Pub. Date: 05/15/2006

Publisher: University of California Press

From tiny to gigantic, from drab to remarkably beautiful, from harmless to venomous, lizards are spectacular products of natural selection. This book, lavishly illustrated with color photographs, is the first comprehensive reference on lizards around the world. Accessible, scientifically up-to-date, and written with contagious enthusiasm for the subject, Lizards:…  See more details below

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From tiny to gigantic, from drab to remarkably beautiful, from harmless to venomous, lizards are spectacular products of natural selection. This book, lavishly illustrated with color photographs, is the first comprehensive reference on lizards around the world. Accessible, scientifically up-to-date, and written with contagious enthusiasm for the subject, Lizards: Windows to the Evolution of Diversity covers species evolution, diversity, ecology, and biology. Eric R. Pianka and Laurie J. Vitt have studied and photographed members of almost all lizard families worldwide, and they bring to the book a deep knowledge based on extensive firsthand experience with the animals in their natural habitats.

Part One explores lizard lifestyles, answering such questions as why lizards are active when they are, why they behave as they do, how they avoid predators, why they eat what they eat, and how they reproduce and socialize. In Part Two the authors take us on a fascinating tour of the world's manifold lizard species, beginning with iguanians, an evolutionary group that includes some of the most bizarre lizards, the true chameleons of Africa and Madagascar. We also meet the glass lizard, able to break its tail into many highly motile pieces to distract a predator from its body; lizards that can run across water; and limbless lizards, such as snakes. Part Three gives an unprecedented global view of evolutionary trends that have shaped present-day lizard communities and considers the impact of humans on their future.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520248472
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/15/2006
Series:
Organisms and Environments Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
348
Sales rank:
1,103,805
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Logic of Biology1
Pt. 1Lizard Lifestyles
1Evolutionary History and Phylogeny11
2Getting Around in a Complex World19
3Lizards as Predators41
4Escaping Predators63
5Social Behavior85
6Reproduction and Life History107
7Reflections of the Real World123
Pt. 2Lizard Diversity
8Iguanians143
9From Geckos to Blind Lizards171
10From Racerunners to Night Lizards193
11Skinks211
12From Girdled Lizards to Knob-Scaled Lizards227
13Monsters and Dragons of the Lizard World239
Pt. 3Synthesis
14Historical Perspective257
15Lizards and Humans281
AppTaxonomic Summary of Lizard Genera299
Glossary303
References307
Index325

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