Herpetology

Herpetology : An Introductory Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles

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Herpetology, Second Edition has been thoroughly revised. The text has been reorganized, new chapters have been added, new text references have been inserted. All this plus new color systematics sections will maintain this book as THE leading textbook on the biology of amphibians and reptiles. The book will also showcase reptiles and amphibians as model systems in conceptual areas of biology. Such a text will help integrate 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 amphibians.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 630 pages
  • 220 x 284 x 32mm | 1,741.79g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • w. numerous figs. and photos (some col.).
  • 012782622X
  • 9780127826226
  • 1,770,692

Table of contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Part I: Evolutionary History

Chapter 1. Tetrapod Relationships and Evolutionary Systematics

Amphibians and Reptiles-Evolutionary History

Systematics-Theory and Practice

Additional Reading

References

Chapter 2. Anatomy of Amphibians and Reptiles

Development and Growth

Integument-The External Envelope

Skeleton and Muscles-Support, Movement, and Form

Nerves and Sense Organs-Coordination and Perception

Heart and Vascular Network-Internal Transport

Digestive and Respiratory Organs-Waste Removal and Propagation

Urinary and Reproductive Organs-Waste Removal and Propagation

Endocrine Glands-Chemical Regulators and Initiators

Additional Reading

References

Chapter 3. Evolution of Ancient and Modern Amphibians and Reptiles

History of Amphibians

History of Reptiles

Additional Reading

References

Part II: Reproduction and Life Histories

Chapter 4. Modes of Reproduction and Parental Care

Gametogenesis and Fertilization

Reproductive Modes

Sexual versus Asexual Reproduction

Parental Care

Evolution of Parental Care

Additional Reading

References

Chapter 5. Reproductive Ecology and Life Histories

Reproductive Ecology

Life Histories

Additional Reading

References

Part III: Physiological Ecology

Chapter 6. Water Balance and Gas Exchange

Water and Salt Balance

Respiratory Gas Exchange

Respiration and Metabolism

Additional Reading

References

Chapter 7. Thermoregulation, Performance, and Energetics

Thermoregulation

Dormancy

Energetics

Additional Reading

References

Part IV: Behavioral Ecology

Chapter 8. Spacing, Movements, and Orientation

Local Distribution of Individuals

Movements, Homing, and Migrations

Additional Reading

References

Chapter 9. Communication and Social Behavior

Communication

Reproductive Behavior

Additional Reading

References

Chapter 10. Foraging Ecology and Diets

Foraging Modes

Detecting, Capturing, and Eating Prey

Additional Reading

References

Chapter 11. Defense and Escape

Predator Avoidance

Offsetting the Effects of Parasitism

Additional Reading

References

Part V: Population and Community Ecology

Chapter 12. Population Structure and Dynamics

Characteristics of Populations

Population Structure and Growth

Additional Reading

References

Chapter 13. Community and Geographical Ecology

Communities

Geography of Populations

Additional Reading

References

Chapter 14. Conservation Biology

General Principles

Human Impact on Amphibian and Reptile

Preservation and Management-Ideals and Problems

Additional Reading

References

Part VI: Classification and Diversity

Chapter 15. Caecilians

Overview

Taxonomic Accounts

Chapter 16. Salamanders

Overview

Taxonomic Accounts

Chapter 17. Frogs

Overview

Taxonomic Accounts

Chapter 18. Turtles

Overview

Taxonomic Accounts

Chapter 19. Crocodylians

Overview

Taxonomic Accounts

Chapter 20. Tuataras and Lizards

Overview-Sphenodontida

Taxonomic Account

Overview-Squamata

Taxonomic Accounts

Chapter 21. Snakes

Overview

Taxonomic Accounts

Glossary

Bibliography

Taxonomic Index

Author Index

Subject Index
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Review quote

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

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)
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Review Text

From the Reviews of the First Edition
"...a must for anyone just starting into the field of herpetology ..."
Canadian Field Naturalist
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