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The Ecology and Behavior of Amphibians
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The Ecology and Behavior of Amphibians

Author: Kentwood D Wells
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2010] ©2007
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 Amphibians aims to fill this gap in the literature on this remarkable taxon. It is a celebration of the diversity of  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kentwood D Wells
ISBN: 9780226893334 0226893332
OCLC Number: 1135587777
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (1400 p.) : 116 halftones, 323 line drawings, 45 tables
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Preface --
Chapter 1. Phylogeny, Classification, and Morphological Evolution --
Chapter 2. Water Relations --
Chapter 3. Temperature Relations --
Chapter 4. Respiration --
Chapter 5. Metabolism and Energetics --
Chapter 6. Movements and Orientation --
Chapter 7. Anuran Vocal Communication --
Chapter 8. Mating Systems and Sexual Selection in Anurans --
Chapter 9. Communication and Social Behavior of Urodeles and Caecilians --
Chapter 10. The Natural History of Amphibian Reproduction --
Chapter 11. Parental Care --
Chapter 12. The Ecology and Behavior of Amphibian Larvae --
Chapter 13. Complex Life Cycles and the Ecology of Amphibian Metamorphosis --
Chapter 14. Amphibians and Their Predators --
Chapter 15. The Ecology of Amphibian Communities --
Chapter 16. Conservation of Amphibians --
References --
Index
Responsibility: Kentwood D. Wells.
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Abstract:

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 Amphibians aims 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 Amphibians concludes with a chapter devoted to amphibian conservation. An unprecedented scholarly contribution to amphibian biology, this book is eagerly anticipated among specialists.

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