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Herpetology : an introductory biology of amphibians and reptiles

Author: Laurie J Vitt; Janalee P Caldwell
Publisher: Amsterdam : Academic Press, ©2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Fourth editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Vitt, Laurie J.
Herpetology.
(OCoLC)839312807
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Laurie J Vitt; Janalee P Caldwell
ISBN: 9780123869203 012386920X
OCLC Number: 863148763
Notes: Previous edition: London: Elsevier/Academic, 2009.
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 757 pages) : chiefly color illustrations, color maps
Contents: pt. I. Evolutionary history --
Tetrapod relationships and evolutionary systematics --
Anatomy of amphibians and reptiles --
Evolution of ancient and modern amphibians and reptiles --
pt. II. Reproduction and reproductive modes --
Reproduction and life histories --
Reproductive modes --
pt. III. Physiological ecology --
Water balance and gas exchange --
Thermoregulation, performance, and energetics --
pt. IV. Behavioral ecology --
Spacing, movements, and orientation --
Communication and social behavior --
Foraging ecology and diets --
Defense and escape --
pt. V. Ecology, biogeography and conservation biology --
Ecology --
Biogeography and phylogeography --
Conservation biology --
pt. VI. Classification and diversity --
Caecilians --
Salamanders --
Frogs --
Turtles --
Crocodylians --
Rhynochocephalians (Sphenodontids) --
Squamates : part I. lizards --
Squamates : part II. snakes.
Responsibility: Laurie J. Vitt and Janalee P. Caldwell.

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