Herpetology

ISBN-10: 0131008498

ISBN-13: 9780131008496

Edition: 3rd 2004 (Revised)

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List price: $157.33
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Company
Publication date: 7/10/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 736
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.388
Language: English

What Are Amphibians And Reptiles?
Herpetology as a Field of Study
The Diversity of Amphibians and Reptiles
Shared Characters of Amphibians and Reptiles
Amphibians and Reptiles in Terrestrial Ecosystems
Development of Herpetology as a Field of Study
The Future of Amphibians and Reptiles
Summary
The Place of Amphibians and Reptiles in Vertebrate Evolution
Phylogenetic Systematics
The Transition from fishes to Tetrapods
The Ecological Transition in Tetrapod Origins
Monophyly of Lissamphibia
Two Hypotheses for Relations between Lissamphibians and Paleozoic Amphibians
Paedomorphosis in Lissamphibian Evolution
Relationships among Extant Orders of Lissamphibia
The Radiation of Amniotes
Summary
Systematics and Diversity of Extant Amphibians
Salamanders (Urodela or Caudata)
Systematics and Phylogeny of Salamanders
Caecilians (Gymnophiona)
Systematics and Phylogeny of Caecilians
Frogs (Anura)
Systematics and Phylogeny of Frogs
Summary
Systematics and Diversity of Extant Reptiles
Turtles (Testudines or Chelonia)
Systematics and Phylogeny of Turtles
Lepidosauria
Tuatara (Rhynchocephalia)
Lizards and Snakes (Squamata)
Systematics and Phylogeny of Lizards
Snakes (Serpentes)
Systematics and Phylogeny of Snakes
Archosauria: Crocodilians (Crocodylia)
Systematics and Phylogeny of Crocodilians
Summary
The Biogeography of Amphibians and Reptiles
The Nature and Scope of Biogeography
Biogeographic Processes and Analysis
The Geophysical Context for Historical Biogeography
Continental Fragmentation and the Biogeography of Amphibians and Reptiles
Some Island Patterns
Merging Faunas: North and South America, the Great American Interchange, and the West Indies
Generating Diversity: Salamanders and Frogs on Tropical Mountains
Regional Phylogeography
Summary
How Do They Work?
Temperature and Water Relations
Pathways of Energy and Water Exchange
Water Uptake and Loss
Water in the Lives of Amphibians and Reptiles
Heat Gain and Loss
Behavioral Aspects of Thermoregulation
Cardiovascular Control of Heating and Cooling
The Thermal Ecology of Amphibians and Reptiles
Freezing Resistance and Freezing Tolerance
Evolution of Thermal and Evaporative Characteristics
Summary
Energetics and Performance
Sites of Gas Exchange
Patterns of Blood Flow
Functions of Intracardiac Shunts
ATP Synthesis: Oxidative and Glycolytic Metabolism
Energy Costs of Natural Activities
Annual Energy Budgets
Environmental Variables and Performance
Performance and Fitness
Trade-Offs
Summary
Reproduction and Life Histories of Amphibians
Sex Determination
Reproductive Cycles
Modes of Fertilization
Hybridogenesis and Gynogenetic Reproduction
Reproductive Modes
Evolution of Direct Development and Live-Bearing
Evolution of
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