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Herpetology : An Introductory Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles,9780123743466

Herpetology : An Introductory Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles

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3rd
ISBN13:

9780123743466

ISBN10:
012374346X
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
10/24/2008
Publisher(s):
Academic Pr
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Summary

This third edition, now fully revised and updated by two of Dr. Zug's colleagues, provides herpetology students and amateur reptile and amphibian keepers with the latest taxonomy and species developments from around the world. Herpetology is a rapidly evolving field , which has contributed to new discoveries in many conceptual areas of biology. The authors build on this progress by updating all chapters with new literature, graphics, and discussions-many of which have changed our thinking. With a new emphasis placed on conservation issues,Herpetology continues to broaden the global coverage from earlier editions, recognising the burgeoning reptile and amphibian research programs and the plight of many species in all countries and all biomes. New information on the remarkable advances in behavioral, physiological, and phylo-geographical data provide students with the current research they need to advance their education and better prepare their future in herpetology. * The latest taxonomy data * End-of-chapter discussions for classroom use * 90% new photographs, now all in full color for an enhanced visual representation * Most recent information on the exciting and developing herpetological communities in Australia, Europe, Asia, South and North Americas * New emphasis on conservation issues surrounding herpetology

Table of Contents

Evolutionary History
Tetrapod Relationships and Evolutionary Systematics
Development and Anatomy of Amphibians and Reptiles
Evolution of Ancient and Modern Amphibians and Reptiles
Reproduction and Life Histories
Modes of Reproduction and Parental Care
Reproductive Ecology and Life Histories
Physiological Ecology
Water Balance and Gas Exchange
Thermoregulation, Performance, and Energetics
Behavioral Ecology
Spacing, Movements, and Orientation
Communication and Social Behavior
Foraging
Ecology and Diets
Defense and Escape
Population and Community Ecology
Structure and Dynamics
Community and Geographical
Ecology
Conservation Biology
Classification and Diversity
Caecilians
Salamanders
Frogs
Turtles
Crocodylians
Tuataras, Lizards, and Snakes
Glossary
Bibliography
Indexes
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