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Salamanders of the Southeast

ISBN-10: 0820330353
ISBN-13: 9780820330358
Edition: 2010
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Description: Describing 102 species of salamanders occurring in the southeastern United States, ecologists Joe Mitchell and Whit Gibbons provide us with the most comprehensive and authoritative, yet accessible and fun-to-read, guide to these often secretive,  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 6/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.442

Describing 102 species of salamanders occurring in the southeastern United States, ecologists Joe Mitchell and Whit Gibbons provide us with the most comprehensive and authoritative, yet accessible and fun-to-read, guide to these often secretive, always fascinating wonders of nature. Mitchell and Gibbons enumerate the distinguishing characteristics of salamanders, including how they are different from other amphibians and from reptiles, especially lizards. Also discussed are distribution, habitat, behavior and activity, reproduction, food and feeding, predators and defense, conservation, and taxonomy. Accompanying each account are photographs illustrating typical adults and variations and distribution maps for the Southeast and the United States. Given that 17 percent of the worldrs"s species of salamanders live in the Southeast and the scientific and popular concern for the worldwide decline in amphibian populations in general,Salamanders of the Southeastwill appeal to people of all ages and levels of knowledge interested in natural history and conservation. The guide will help foster the growing interest in salamanders as well as cultivate a desire to protect and conserve these fascinating amphibians and their habitats. Features: Conservation-oriented approach More than 400 color photographs 77 distribution maps Clear descriptions and photographs of each species Sections on biology, worldwide diversity, identification, taxonomy, habitats, and conservation "Did You Know?" sidebars of interesting facts

Mike Dorcas is an associate professor of biology at Davidson College and the author of several books on amphibians and reptiles. Whit Gibbons is a professor emeritus of ecology at the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and the author, coauthor, and coeditor of several books, most recently Turtles: The Animal Answer Guide, also published by Johns Hopkins. Gibbons and Dorcas coauthored three other books, Snakes of the Southeast, Frogs and Toads of the Southeast, and North American Watersnakes.

All About Salamanders
Why Salamanders?
Defining the Southeast
Biology of Salamanders
Salamander Diversity around the World
Salamander Taxonomy
How to Identify Salamanders
Salamander Habitats in the Southeast
Freshwater Wetland Habitats
Terrestrial Habitats
Species Accounts
Organization and Order of Species Accounts
Aquatic Salamanders
Aquatic Cave Salamanders
Stream and Seep Salamanders
Seasonal Wetland Salamanders
Forest Terrestrial Salamanders
People and Salamanders
What Is a Herpetologist?
Keeping Salamanders as Pets
A Conservation Vision of Salamanders
What Kinds of Salamanders Are Found In Your State?
Glossary
Further Reading
Acknowledgments
Credits
Index of Scientific Names
Index of Common Names

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