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Biology of Amphibians


By: William E Duellman(Author), Linda Trueb(Author)

670 pages, 328 photos, illustrations, tables

Johns Hopkins University Press

Paperback | Feb 1994 | #31479 | ISBN: 080184780X
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Hardback | Dec 1986 | #1314 | ISBN: 0070179778
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About this book

Paperback edition of this standard work. It covers all aspects of amphibian biology, with numerous illustrations, and over 2,500 bibliographic references.
Contents: Introduction to Amphibia. Part 1 - Life History: reproductive strategies; courtship & mating; vocalization; eggs & development; larvae; metamorphosis. Part 2 - Ecology: relationships with environment; food & feeding; enemies & defence; population biology; community ecology & species diversity. Part 3 - Morphology: musculoskeletal system; integumentary, sensory & visceral systems. Part 4 - Evolution: origin & early evolution; cytogenetic, molecular & genomic evolution; phylogeny; biogeography; classification.

"Duellman and Trueb truly review the biology of amphibians, covering most conceivable topics from cytogenetics and development to biogeography and phylogeny [...] There is no recent textbook on amphibian biology that is worthy of comparison."

"An impressive review of current knowledge concerning all aspects of amphibian biology. The authors have organized a tremendous number of facts, observations, and theories around the complementary themes of structure and evolution [...] A major undertaking."

"The text is clear and concise and richly illustrated [...] This book goes some way towards being all one could wish for and is likely to be an important source of reference."


- Introduction to amphibia - the world of amphibians, historical resume, prospects for the future

Part 1 Life History
- reproductive strategies - reproductive cycles, reproductive mode, quantitative aspects, parental care, evolution of reproductive strategies
- courtship and mating - location of breeding site, secondary sexual characters, courtship behaviour, fertilization and oviposition, sexual selection, evolution of mating systems
- vocalization - anuran communication system, mechanisms of sound production and reception, kinds of vocalizations and their functions, abiotic factors affecting vocalization, interspecific significance of vocalization, phylogenetic implications of vocalization
- eggs and development - spermatozoa and fertilization, egg structure, egg development, hatching and birth, development and amphibian diversity
- larvae - morphology of larvae, adaptive types of larvae, physiology and ecology, social behaviour, evolutionary significance of larvae
- metamorphosis - endocrine control, other biochemical changes, morphological changes, neoteny, ecological and evolutionary significance of metamorphosis

Part 2 Ecology
- relationships with the environment - water economy, temperature, gas exchange, energy metabolism and energy budgets, ecological synthesis
- food and feeding - prey selection, location of prey, capture of prey, evolution of prey-capturing mechanisms and strategies
- enemies and defence - diseases, parasites, predators, anti-predator mechanisms, evolution of defence mechanisms
- population biology - characteristics of individuals, movements and territoriality, demography, factors regulating populations
- community ecology and species diversity - community structure, species diversity, evolution of amphibian communities

Part 3 Morphology
- musculoskeletal system - skull and hyobranchium, axial system, appendicular system, integration of functional units
- integumentary, sensory and visceral systems - integument, sensory receptor systems, nervous system, circulatory and respiratory systems, urogenital system, digestive system, endocrine glands, evolutionary considerations

Part 4 Evolution
- origin and early evolution - nature of a tetrapod, primitive tetrapods, tetrapod affinities (lungfishes or lobe-fins?), diversity and evolution of early tetrapods, status of the lissamphibia
- cytogenetic, molecular and genomic evolution - cytogenetics, molecular evolution, genomic evolution
- phylogeny - caudata, gymnophiona, anura
- biogeography - biogeographic principles, historical setting, lissamphibia, caudata, gymnophiona, anura
- classification

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William E. Duellman and Linda Trueb are curators in the division of herpetology at the Museum of Natural History, University of Kansas, Lawrence.

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