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Cetacean societies : field studies of dolphins and whales
Mann, Janet.
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Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2000.
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xiv, 433 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Introduction: the social lives of whales and dolphins / Richard C. Connor ... [et al.] -- Flukeprints: a history of studying cetacean societies / Amy Samuels and Peter L. Tyack -- Unraveling the dynamics of social life: long-term studies and observational methods / Janet Mann -- Studying cetacean social structure in space and time: innovative techniques / Hal Whitehead, Jenny Christall, and Peter L. Tyack -- The bottlenose dolphin: social relationships in a fission-fusion society / Richard C. Connor ... [et al.] -- The killer whale: foraging specializations and group hunting / Robin W. Baird -- The sperm whale: social females and roving males / Hal Whitehead and Linda Weilgart -- The humpback whale: seasonal feeding and breeding in a baleen whale / Phillip J. Clapham -- Group living in whales and dolphins / Richard C. Connor -- Female reproductive strategies of cetaceans: life histories and calf care / Hal Whitehead and Janet Mann -- Male reproductive strategies and social bonds / Richard C. Connor, Andrew J. Read, and Richard Wrangham -- Functional aspects of cetacean communication / Peter L. Tyack -- Science and the conservation, protection, and management of wild cetaceans / Hal Whitehead, Randall R. Reeves, and Peter L. Tyack -- Epilogue: the future of behavioral research on cetaceans in the wild / Hal Whitehead ... [et al.].
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In our own juvenile stage, many of us received our wide-eyed introduction to the wonders of nature by watching the metamorphosis of swimming tadpoles into leaping frogs and toads. The recent alarming declines in amphibian populations worldwide and the suitability of amphibians for use in answering research questions in disciplines as diverse as molecular systematics, animal behavior, and evolutionary biology have focused enormous attention on tadpoles. Despite this popular and scientific interest, relatively little is known about these fascinating creatures.

In this indispensable reference, leading experts on tadpole biology relate what we currently know about tadpoles and what we might learn from them in the future. Tadpoles provides detailed summaries of tadpole morphology, development, behavior, ecology, and environmental physiology; explores the evolutionary consequences of the tadpole stage; synthesizes available information on their biodiversity; and presents a standardized terminology and an exhaustive literature review of tadpole biology.

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Editors McDiarmid (US Geological Survey) and Altig (Mississippi State Univ.) are among the 14 amphibian specialists contributing to this superbly detailed and authoritative work on the larvae of frogs and toads. Twelve narrative units discuss the general topic of tadpoles and provide a detailed chronology of significant research involving them; they also offer methods and materials for tadpole research as well as a wealth of detail on aspects of anuran larval anatomy. Chapters emphasize embryogenesis and evolution of endotrophic forms; environmental physiology of tadpoles, both specifically and in general; behavioral interactions; tadpole ecology, resource use, competition, and predation; analyses and generalizations of evolutionary trends in complex amphibian life cycles; and tadpole diversity and similarities summarized by families and genera. All narrative sections are written for persons having considerable training and experience in working with amphibian eggs and larval stages. Sophisticated terminology is used throughout. Multiple choice key to families of anuran tadpoles; glossary; extensive literature cited list; author, subject, and taxonomic indexes; superb text-relevant line drawings, photomicrographs, graphs, tables, and other art work. An invaluable reference for researchers working with tadpoles. Highly recommended for acquisition by graduate-level university libraries serving biology science students and faculty. E. D. Keiser; University of Mississippi

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Tadpole ArenaRoy W. McDiarmid and Ronald Altig
Chapter 2 Research: Materials and TechniquesRoy W. McDiarmid and Ronald Altig
Chapter 3 Body Plan: Development and MorphologyRonald Altig and Roy W. McDiarmid
Chapter 4 Architecture: Cranial and Axial MusculoskeletonDavid Cannatella
Chapter 5 Anatomy: Viscera and EndocrinesBruno Viertel and Susanne Richter
Chapter 6 Integration: Nervous and Sensory SystemsMichael J. Lannoo
Chapter 7 Endotrophic Anurans: Development and EvolutionGiselle Thibaudeau and Ronald Altig
Chapter 8 Physiology: Coping with the EnvironmentGordon R. Ultsch and David F. Bradford and Joe Freda
Chapter 9 Behavior: Interactions and Their ConsequencesKarin vS. Hoff and Andrew Blaustein and Roy W. McDiarmid and Ronald Altig
Chapter 10 Ecology: Resource Use, Competition, and PredationRoss A. Alford
Chapter 11 The Anuran Tadpole: Evolution and MaintenanceReid N. Harris
Chapter 12 Diversity: Familial and Generic CharacterizationsRonald Altig and Roy W. McDiarmid
Literature Cited
Subject Index
Taxonomic Index