The Biology of the Monotremes - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123038500, 9780323153317

The Biology of the Monotremes

1st Edition

Authors: Mervyn Griffiths
eBook ISBN: 9780323153317
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1979
Page Count: 378
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Description

The Biology of the Monotremes is an attempt to make available all gathered information about monotremes to the greater public. This book specifically targets the students, newly graduates, teachers, and researchers interested in the study of life processes and evolution. This book comprises of 10 chapters. Each chapter except Chapter 10 discusses three genera - Ornithorhynchus, Tachyglossus, and Zaglossus. Chapter 1 serves as an introduction to the subject matter. It covers the discovery and general anatomy of the monotremes. In accordance, Chapter 2 discusses the different kinds of monotremes and its other aspects. Aside from the mentioned genera, it also includes Obdurodon insignis. In Chapter 3, the food and feeding habits of the monotremes is given focus. Meanwhile, the varied physiology of monotremes is the subject of Chapter 4, and temperature regulation in Chapter 5. A more detailed and thorough discussion regarding the anatomy of the monotremes is provided in Chapters 6 through 9. The discussion covers topics including the glands in the endocrine and immune systems, as well as special senses, organs, and behavior of monotremes. Its reproduction and embryology is also discussed. This book explains as well the mammal’s lactation, composition of the milk, sucking, and growth of the young. Lastly, Chapter 10 provides the readers with four differing views regarding the relationship of the monotremes with the rest of the mammals.

Table of Contents


Preface

1 . The Discovery and the General Anatomy of the Monotremes

Ornithorhynchus

Tachyglossus

Zaglossus

2 . The Different Kinds of Monotremes, Distribution, Movements, the Crural System, and Genetics

Ornithorhynchus

Obdurodon insignis

Tachyglossus

Zaglossus

3 . Food and Feeding Habits: Digestive Organs and Digestion

Ornithorhynchus

Tachyglossus

Zaglossus

4 . Miscellaneous Physiology

Ornithorhynchus

Tachyglossus

5 · Temperature Regulation

Ornithorhynchus

Tachyglossus

Zaglossus

6 . Endocrine Glands and the Glands of the Immune System

Ornithorhynchus

Tachyglossus

7 . Special Senses, Organization of the Neocortex, and Behavior

Ornithorhynchus

Tachyglossus

Zaglossus

8 · Reproduction and Embryology

Ornithorhynchus

Tachyglossus

Zaglossus

Overview of Monotreme and Marsupial Developmental Processes

9 . Lactation, Composition of the Milk, Suckling, and Growth of the Young

Ornithorhynchus

Tachyglossus

Zaglossus

10 . The Affinities of the Monotremes

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Appendix

References

Index




Details

No. of pages:
378
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 1978
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780323153317

About the Author

Mervyn Griffiths

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant Paediatric and Neonatal Surgeon, Southampton General Hospital, UK