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    AuthorGordon H. Rodda
    LanguageEnglish
    ISBN9781421438238
    PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
    Pages832
    Size228 x 287 x 56 mm
    Images   Photos and illustrations
    FormatHardcover
    Year published   2020

    Our planet is literally crawling with lizards. More than 6500 species are known to science, and new species are being discovered annually. In this monumental work, eminent researcher Gordon Rodda has created the first compilation of the natural histories of all the world's lizards and amphisbaenians, as well as the Tuatara.

    Although other books have attempted to survey the scope of adaptations present in the world's lizards, only Rodda has been able to quantify and summarize all species or higher taxa. Analyzing the relationships among traits such as morphologic characteristics, reproductive strategies, and food sources, Rodda uncovers novel insights into reptile ecology. Identifying 14 recurring character syndromes across all the world's lizards, he proposes a new lens for categorization.

    He also touches on:

    • common names
    • geographic range
    • length
    • mass
    • age
    • maturation
    • differences between the sexes
    • nominal variables, including diel activity cycle and foraging mode
    • home range
    • predator avoidance tactics
    • thermal biology
    • social spacing
    • climate envelope
    • habitat and microhabitat
    • reproduction
    • parental care
    • diet
    • population density
    • conservation status
    • ecological business models

    Rodda's alphabetical taxon accounts provide an instantly retrievable sketch of every species, genus, and family. Outlining more than 1500 statistically significant associations extracted from a data matrix composed of more than 300 conditions tabulated-to the extent known-for all 6528 species of lizards, Lizards of the World will be the go-to source for the next generation of reptile ecologists, as well as herpetology students and serious herpetoculturists.

     

    Contents

    Chapter 1. Introduction and Methods   1
    The Interplay between Ecological and Phylogenetic Causation
    Definitions
    Size Estimation
    Analytical Methods

    Chapter 2. What Are Lizards?   8
    Composition
    Morphology
    Sexually Differing Traits
    Geography
    Activity
    Reproduction
    Diet
    Populations
    The Modal Lizard

    Chapter 3. Linkages   21
    Methods Unique to This Chapter
    Mass
    Morphology
    Sexual Size Dimorphism
    Color
    Diet
    Foraging
    Time of Day (Diel Activity)
    Predator Concealment Tactics
    Microhabitat
    Reproduction Allocation
    Islands
    Longevity
    Population Density/Biomass
    Introductions
    Imperiled Lizards
    Next Steps

    Chapter 4. Ecological Business Models   83
    Crack Hermit
    Diurnal Canopy Walker
    Giant Herbivore
    Glider
    Ground-foraging Tree Lizard
    Immobility Expert
    Litter Cryptozoid
    Nocturnal Canopy Walker
    Nocturnal Ground Lizard
    Refugia-anchored Diurnal Ground Lizard
    Sand Shark
    Subterranean Forager
    Trunk/Wall Lizard
    Wide-ranging Chemosensor
    Overview of Ecological Business Models

    Chapter 5. Taxon Accounts   133
    (alphabetical by family or genus name; use index to search by English name)
    A (Ablepharus to Australolacerta)
    B (Bachia to Bunopus)
    C (Cadeidae and Cadea to Cyrtopodion)
    D (Dactylocnemis to Dryadosaura)
    E (Ebenavia to Exila)
    F (Feylinia to Furcifer)
    G (Gallotia to Gymnophthalmus)
    H (Haackgreerius to Hypsilurus)
    I (Iberolacerta to Isopachys)
    J (Janetaescincus to Jarujinia)
    K (Kaestlea to Kolekanos)
    L (Lacerta to Lyriocephalus)
    M (Mabuya to Morunasaurus)
    N (Nactus to Nucras)
    O (Oedodera to Ouroborus)
    P (Pachycalamus to Pygopus)
    Q (Quedenfeldtia)
    R (Ramigekko to Rondonops)
    S (Saara to Strophurus)
    T (Tachygyia to Tytthoscincus)
    U (Uma to Uvidicolus)
    V (Vanzosaura to Voeltzkowia)
    W (Woodworthia)
    X (Xantusia to Xenosauridae and Xenosaurus)
    Z (Zonosaurus to Zygaspis)

    Acknowledgments   711
    Appendices   713
    A. Database Fields and Comments on Their Tabulation   713
    B. Methods for Quantifying Lizard Sizes   745
    C. Standards for Qualification of Absolute Population Densities   749
    Literature Cited   753
    Index   759

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    9781421438238
    EAN
    9781421438238

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