Herpetology - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780080549408

Herpetology

2nd Edition

An Introductory Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles

Authors: Laurie Vitt George Zug Laurie Vitt Janalee Caldwell
eBook ISBN: 9780080549408
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 21st July 2001
Page Count: 630
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Description

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.

Key Features

@introbul:Key Features @bul:* Written by internationally recognized experts on the biology of amphibians and reptiles

  • Provides a general background on the evolution and morphology of amphibians and reptiles
  • Details what is known about reproduction and life histories
  • Examines physiological ecology, emphasizing water balance, temperature, and energy
  • Integrates population and community ecology with conservation biology
  • Provides detailed taxonomic accounts of all higher taxa, including high quality distribution maps and color photographs

Readership

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.

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




Details

No. of pages:
630
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2001
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780080549408

About the Author

Laurie Vitt

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Sam Noble Museum and Biology Department University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma

George Zug

Affiliations and Expertise

National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Laurie Vitt

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Sam Noble Museum and Biology Department University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma

Janalee Caldwell

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Sam Noble Museum and Biology Department University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma

Reviews

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