Physiology of the Amphibia Volume 2

Physiology of the Amphibia Volume 2

1st Edition - April 3, 1973

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  • Author: Lofts
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323140034

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Physiology of the Amphibia, Volume II focuses on the various aspects of amphibian reproduction, both physiological and behavioral, and the interrelationship between these mechanisms and the environment. Organized into five chapters, the book begins with the integrative functions of the amphibian brain. It then describes the cytophysiology of the amphibian adenohypophysis, as well as their reproductive organs and associated sexual structures. It also discusses the physiology of the process of yolk formation, vitellogenesis. The reproductive and courtship patterns and intersexuality among amphibians are also described. This book will be useful to general biologists as a reference source and to students with interests in animal physiology.

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  • Contributors


    Contents of Previous Volume

    1. Integrative Functions of the Brain

    I. Introduction

    II. Amphibian Neurophysiology and Its Contribution to the Elucidation of Integrative Function of the Vertebrate Central Nervous System

    III. Examples of Integrative Functions of the Amphibian Brain


    2. Cytology of the Adenohypophysis

    I. Introduction

    II. The Structure of the Adenohypophysis in Rana temporaria

    III. The Morphologic Cell Types in the Adenohypophysis of other Amphibia

    IV. The Functional Cell Types



    3. Reproduction

    I. Introduction

    II. Development of the Reproductive Organs

    III. The Male

    IV. The Female

    V. The Pituitary-Gonadal Axis


    4. The Physiology of Vitellogenesis

    I. Introduction

    II. Vitellogenesis as a General Process

    III. Vitellogenesis in Xenopus laevis

    IV. Functional Morphology of Yolk Formation during Oogenesis

    V. Fertilization and the Utilization of Yolk Platelets during Embryogenesis

    VI. Cellular Action of Estrogens on Vitellogenin Synthesis

    VII. Conclusions


    5. Reproductive and Courtship Patterns

    I. Introduction

    II. Reproductive Cycles and Breeding Seasons

    III. Location of Breeding Site and Formation of Breeding Aggregations

    IV. Factors Associated with Mate and Species Recognition

    V. Breeding Behavior and Oviposition

    VI. Fecundity, Ovum Size, and Reproductive Patterns

    VII. Parental Care and Viviparity

    VIII. Adaptations of the Egg Stages

    IX. Larval Adaptations

    X. Ecological and Life History Aspects of Metamorphosis


    6. Intersexuality

    I. Introduction

    II. Genetic Constitution and Sex Differentiation

    III. Natural Intersexuality

    IV. Epigenetic Factors and Intersexuality

    V. Experimental Analysis of Intersexuality


    Author Index

    Species Index

    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 592
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1974
  • Published: April 3, 1973
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323140034

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