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Venomous Snakes: Ecology, Evolution and Snakebite

Series: Symposia of the Zoological Society of London Volume: 70

Edited By: RS Thorpe, W Wüster and A Malhotra

276 pages, B/w photos, figs, tabs

Clarendon Press

Hardback | Dec 1997 | #56150 | ISBN: 0198549865
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NHBS Price: £145.00 $184/€173 approx

About this book

In the search for snakebite antidotes, the ecology and evolution of venomous snakes is of critical importance. Until this publication, no text had addressed both the medical aspects of snakebite treatment as well as the highly relevant ecological and evolutionary aspects.

This book presents the proceedings of a 1995 symposium that was convened with the explicit goal of integrating research on the ecology and evolution of venomous snakes with work done on the medical and toxicological implications of snakebite. --Choice
"The first book to present a multidisciplinary approach to venomous snake research. . . .It will be of great interest to scientists and students involved in any aspect of venomous snake research, whilst also appealing to the growing band of amateur enthusiasts." --Ethology, Ecology & Evolution
"A very good contribution to the understanding of venomous snake evolution, systematics, venoms, and snakebites; and I highly recommend it to any one interested in these fascinating creatures."--Copeia
"Accessible to an audience of varied backgrounds."--Reptile & Amphibian Magazine


Contents

EVOLUTION AND SPECIATION; 1. An overview of venomous snake evolution; 2. Systematics of sea snakes (a critical review); 3. Evolution, systematics and biogeography of Palaeartic vipers; 4. Evolution of viperine snakes; 5. Phylogenetic relationships of the 'Agkistrodon complex'; 6. Systematic implications of lactate dehydrogenase isozyme phenotyupes in Neotropical pitvipers (Viperidae: Crotalinae); 7. DNA evolution of South American pitvipers of the genus Bothrops (Reptilia: Serpentes: Viperdae); 8. Systematics of the Bothrops atrox complex: new insights from multivariate analysis and mitochondrial DNA sequence information; 9. New perspectives on the evolution of south-east Asian pitvipers (genus Trimeresurus) from molecular studies; ECOLOGY; 10. Reproductive strategies and sperm competition in the adder, Vipera berus; 11. Growth and survival of Vipera berus in a variable environment; 12. The role of ecology in determining venom variation in the Malayian pitviper, Calloselasma rhodostoma; 13. Venom and snakebite; 14. Molecular evolution of phospholipase A2s and metalloproteinase/disintegrins from venoms of vipers; 15. Geographical and intraspecies variation in the clinical manifestations of envenoming by snakes; 16. Snake venom and snakebite in Australia; 17. Russell's viper in Indonesia: snakebite and systematics; 18. Toxic phospholipases in snake venom: an introductory review; 19. The kinetics of snake bite envenoming and therapy

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