982 pages, 387 colour photos, 32 b/w line drawings, 109 b/w distribution maps
This two-volume, fully referenced resource provides color photographs and range maps for 106 native and nonindigenous species and includes detailed information on
- past and present distribution
- life history and demography
- reproduction and diet
- landscape ecology and evolution
- diseases, parasites, and threats from toxic substances
- conservation and management
North of the Mexican border, frogs can be found from sea level to the high Rocky Mountains and from the south Florida Keys to the Arctic Ocean. They live in tropical lowlands, grassland prairies, deserts, and alpine-tundra habitats. Originally understood to be entirely freshwater in nature, a few frogs and tadpoles have been found associated with saline habitats near oceans and in isolated desert wetlands. Some species have restricted habitat requirements, whereas others occur contiguously from the arid plains or humid southeastern forests to the high tundra.
With many frog populations declining or disappearing and developmental malformations and disease afflicting others, scientists, conservationists, and concerned citizens need up-to-date, accurate information. Frogs of the United States and Canada is a comprehensive resource for those trying to protect amphibians as well as for researchers and wildlife managers who study biodiversity. From acrobatic tree frogs to terrestrial toads, C. Kenneth Dodd Jr. offers an unparalleled synthesis of the biology, behavior, and conservation of frogs in North America.
"A MUST have for those with an interest in the frogs of the region!"
– Ian Paulsen, The Guardian
"The best frog book ever written."
– Whit Gibbons, Aiken Standard
"The amount of information, despite Dodd's introductory disclaimer, is nothing short of amazing [...] this set has become my first stop when I seek information about anurans, and it is a must-have for anyone interested in frogs."
– Robert Powell – IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians
"A MUST have for those with an interest in the frogs in the region!"
– Birdbooker Report
"A 'must' definitive 'bible' resource for any with more than a casual interest in frogs."
– Midwest Book Review
"These very well-written, indispensable volumes are exceptionally detailed, accurate, and up-to-date [...] Essential."
"This book is useful not just for biology teachers and researchers but also for wildlife managers and others involved in conservation. It is really a very useful reference source, a sort of a mini encyclopedia on frogs."
– Deekay Daulat – Biz India Magazine
"This set should be on every North American herpetologist's bookshelf and in every academic and research institution library on the continent. Both professional biologists and serious amateurs will find the contribution to be the best summary of knowledge on the biology, natural history, and conservation for each species."
– Stephen J. Hecnar – Herpetological Review
List ot of Abbreviations xxix
Famil)ly Ascaphidae 1
Family Bufonidae 17
Family Craugastoridae 192
Family Eleutherodactylidae 197
Family Hylidae 205
Family Leptodactylidae 436
Family Microhylidae 439
Family Rhinophrynidae 458
List of Abbreviations vii
Family Ranidae 461
Family Scaphiopodidae 753
ESTABLISHED NONNATIVE SPECIES 809
Index of Scientific and Common Names 975
Index of Potential Stressors 981
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C. Kenneth Dodd Jr. is an associate professor (courtesy) in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, and is a former president of the Herpetologists' League. He is the author of The Amphibians of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.