Ecology and Behavior of Amphibians

ISBN-10: 0226893340
ISBN-13: 9780226893341
Edition: 2007
List price: $92.00
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Description: Consisting of more than six thousand species, amphibians are more diverse than mammals and are found on every continent save Antarctica. Despite the abundance and diversity of these animals, many aspects of the biology of amphibians remain unstudied  More...

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Book details

List price: $92.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/15/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1400
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 2.50" tall
Weight: 6.292

Consisting of more than six thousand species, amphibians are more diverse than mammals and are found on every continent save Antarctica. Despite the abundance and diversity of these animals, many aspects of the biology of amphibians remain unstudied or misunderstood.The Ecology and Behavior of Amphibiansaims to fill this gap in the literature on this remarkable taxon. It is a celebration of the diversity of amphibian life and the ecological and behavioral adaptations that have made it a successful component of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Synthesizing seventy years of research on amphibian biology, Kentwood D. Wells addresses all major areas of inquiry, including phylogeny, classification, and morphology; aspects of physiological ecology such as water and temperature relations, respiration, metabolism, and energetics; movements and orientation; communication and social behavior; reproduction and parental care; ecology and behavior of amphibian larvae and ecological aspects of metamorphosis; ecological impact of predation on amphibian populations and antipredator defenses; and aspects of amphibian community ecology. With an eye towards modern concerns,The Ecology and Behavior of Amphibiansconcludes with a chapter devoted to amphibian conservation. An unprecedented scholarly contribution to amphibian biology, this book is eagerly anticipated among specialists.

Preface
Phylogeny, Classification, and Morphological Evolution
Water Relations
Temperature Relations
Respiration
Metabolism and Energetics
Movements and Orientation
Anuran Vocal Communication
Mating Systems and Sexual Selection in Anurans
Communication and Social Behavior of Urodeles and Caecilians
The Natural History of Amphibian Reproduction
Parental Care
The Ecology and Behavior of Amphibian Larvae
Complex Life Cycles and the Ecology of Amphibian Metamorphosis
Amphibians and Their Predators
The Ecology of Amphibian Communities
Conservation of Amphibians
References
Index

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