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Lizard Ecology: Historical and Experimental Perspectives


Series: Princeton Legacy Library

By: Laurie J Vitt (Editor), Eric R Pianka (Editor)

403 pages, b/w illustrations, tables

Princeton University Press

Paperback | Jul 2014 | #215229 | ISBN-13: 9780691601960
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About this book

A reprint of a classical work in the Princeton Legacy Library. Originally published in 1994.

In a collection rich in implications for all fields of ecology, leading lizard ecologists demonstrate the utility of the phylogenetic approach in understanding the evolution of morphology, physiology, behavior, and life histories. Lizards, which are valued for their amenability to field experiments, have been the subject of reciprocal transplant experiments and of manipulations of resource availability, habitat structure, population density, and entire sections of food webs. Such experiments are rapidly rebuilding ecological theories as they apply to all organisms.

Lizard Ecology contains essays on reproductive ecology (Arthur E. Dunham, Lin Schwarzkopf, Peter H. Niewiarowski, Karen Overall, and Barry Sinervo), behavioral ecology (A. Stanley Rand, William E. Cooper, Jr., Emilia P. Martins, Craig Guyer, and C. Michael Bull), evolutionary ecology (Raymond B. Huey, Jean Clobert et al., Donald B. Miles, and Theodore Garland, Jr.), and population and community ecology (Ted Case, Robin M. Andrews and S. Joseph Wright, Craig D. James, and Jonathan B. Losos).

"Organized into four theme areas containing a total of 14 topics, each [paper] is preceded by an insightful introduction written by a specialist in that area [and] [...] includes a section on future work and new questions that should be explored [...] a welcome addition for anyone wishing to examne research in this fascinating field."

"The topics, [in this volume] represent an impressive diversity of approaches, ranging from detailed life-history studies of single species and in-depth analyses of lizard communities to broad-based comparisons of multiple traits across all groups of lizards [...] [Lizard Ecology] not only provides a context in which to view these individual studies but opens a unique window on lizard ecology past, present, and future."

"This volume represents many new research thrusts, hot areas of ecological investigation, and efforts at synthesis. The editors are leaders in their field and the contributors respected scientists."
– Roy McDiarmad, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.


Introduction and Acknowledgments    

1    Measuring Trade-offs: A Review of Studies of Costs of Reproduction in Lizards    7
2    Understanding Geographic Life-History Variation in Lizards    31
3    Lizard Egg Environments    51
4    Experimental Tests of Reproductive Allocation Paradigms    73
5    Prey Chemical Discrimination, Foraging Mode, and Phylogeny    95
6    Phylogenetic Perspectives on the Evolution of Lizard Territoriality    117
7    Mate Limitation in Male Norops humilis    145
8    Population Dynamics and Pair Fidelity in Sleepy Lizards    159
9    Determinants of Dispersal Behavior: The Common Lizard as a Case Study    183
10    Covariation between Morphology and Locomotory Performance in Sceloporine Lizards    207
11    Phylogenetic Analyses of Lizard Endurance Capacity in Relation to Body Size and Body Temperature    237
12    Long-Term Population Fluctuations of a Tropical Lizard: A Test of Causality    267
13    Spatial and Temporal Variation in Structure of a Diverse Lizard Assemblage in Arid Australia    287
14    Historical Contingency and Lizard Community Ecology    319

References    335
Author Index    389
Species Index    397

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