9780130307958

Herpetology

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  • ISBN13:

    9780130307958

  • ISBN10:

    0130307955

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-08-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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For upper-level undergraduate courses in herpetology, found in departments of Biology, Zoology, Natural Resources, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. This fascinating study integrates information about the ecology, behavior, morphology, and physiology of amphibians and reptiles, presenting topics in a phylogenetic and organismal context. An insightful collaboration among authors whose work has been instrumental in the development of such diverse specialties as molecular evolution, environmental physiology, and behavioral ecology, it shows amphibians and reptiles as vital organisms that represent a distinct and successful approach to terrestrial vertebrate life.

Table of Contents

PART I What Are Amphibians and Reptiles? 1(157)
Herpetology as a Field of Study
3(18)
The Place of Amphibians and Reptiles in Vertebrate Evolution
21(20)
Classification and Diversity of Extant Amphibians
41(47)
Classification and Diversity of Extant Reptiles
88(69)
PART II How Do They Work? 157(176)
Temperature and Water Relations
159(37)
Energetics and Performance
196(32)
Reproduction and Life History
228(32)
Body Support and Locomotion
260(32)
Feeding
292(41)
PART III What Do They Do? 333(156)
Movements and Orientation
335(30)
Communication
365(33)
Mating Systems and Sexual Selection
398(33)
Foraging Ecology and Interspecific Interactions
431(34)
Species Assemblages
465(24)
PART IV What Are Their Prospects For Survival? 489(2)
Conservation and the Future of Amphibians and Reptiles
491

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