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|Authors||Laurie J. Vitt & Janalee P. Caldwell|
|Images||Photos, illustrations and distribution maps|
The fourth edition of the textbook Herpetology covers the basic biology of amphibians and reptiles, with updates in nearly every conceptual area. Not only does it serve as a solid foundation for modern herpetology courses, but it is also relevant to courses in ecology, behavior, evolution, systematics, and morphology.
Examples taken from amphibians and reptiles throughout the world make this book a useful herpetology textbook in several countries. Naturalists, amateur herpetologists, herpetoculturists, zoo professionals, and many others will find this book readable and full of relevant natural history and distributional information.
Amphibians and reptiles have assumed a central role in research because of the diversity of ecological, physiological, morphological, behavioral, and evolutionary patterns they exhibit. This fully revised edition brings the latest research to the reader, ranging over topics in evolution, reproduction, behavior and more, allowing students and professionals to keep current with a quickly moving field.
Advanced undergraduate/graduate students studying biology, wildlife and organismal biology and taking courses in herpetology; amphibian and reptile biologists, ecologists and conservation and evolutionary biologists, paleontologists
Part I. Evolutionary History
1. Tetrapod Relationships and Evolutionary Systematics
2. Anatomy of Amphibians and Reptiles
3. Evolution of Ancient and Modern Amphibians and Reptiles
Part II. Reproduction and Reproductive Modes
4. Reproduction and Life Histories
5. Reproductive Modes
Part III. Physiological Ecology
6. Water Balance and Gas Exchange
7. Thermoregulation, Performance, and Energetics
Part IV. Behavioral Ecology
8. Spacing, Movements, and Orientation
9. Communication and Social Behavior
10. Foraging Ecology and Diets
11. Defense and Escape
Part V. Ecology, Biogeography, and Conservation Biology
13. Biogeography and Phylogeography
14. Conservation Biology
Part VI. Classification and Diversity of Amphibians
Part VII. Classification and Diversity of Reptiles
21. Squamates (Snakes and Lizards)
Part VIII. Data Sources
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