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Pough, F. Harvey.
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Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice Hall, [1998]

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xi, 577 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
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QL641 .H47 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This work integrates information about the ecology, behaviour, morphology and physiology of amphibians and reptiles, presenting topics in a phylogenetic and organismal context. The book includes reproductive cycles, predators and prey, sensory systems and environmental role.

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Herpetology, the study of amphibians and reptiles, becomes increasingly important not only as interest grows in the evolutionary biology of these animals in their own right but also as they are increasingly recognized as important markers of environmental quality. The six authors are all herpetologists whose research endeavors contribute to the quality of this book. The first section of four is basically a description of representative amphibians and reptiles, including cladistic analyses of relationships. The second examines physiological, reproductive, locomotive, and feeding patterns. The third looks into population dynamics, movement, communication, mating systems, and interspecific interactions, and the last section focuses on conservation. Beyond presenting the geographic distribution of living species, there is no section on biogeography of these animals, a significant aspect of their overall history and evolutionary importance. Likewise, the relationships and placement of herps among the broader group of amphibians and reptiles is barely touched. Nonetheless, this book will supersede the few other herpetology books still in print and will complement Biology of the Amphibians, by William E. Duellman and Linda Trueb (CH, Feb'86). Numerous illustrations; well-reproduced black-and-white photographs and line drawings; 50-page bibliography. For all college, high school, and community libraries. D. Bardack; University of Illinois at Chicago