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Academic & Professional Books  Reptiles & Amphibians  Amphibians

Ecology and Conservation of Amphibians

By: TJ Beebee
214 pages, B/w figs, tabs
Publisher: Chapman & Hall
Ecology and Conservation of Amphibians
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  • Ecology and Conservation of Amphibians ISBN: 9780412624100 Hardback Mar 1996 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 2-3 weeks
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About this book

There are thought to be over 4000 extant amphibian species, many of which are ideal subjects for ecological and behavioural research. In the past few years increased attention has also been focused on amphibians by conservation biologists since they are especially susceptible to environmental change, pollution and radiation. This volume sets out to provide an overview of recent research on all aspects of amphibian ecology and behaviour and to illustrate its application to practical conservation measures for this major group of animals.


What are amphibians?: The class Amphibia; Special features of the Anura; Special features of the Urodela; Biogeography. Why study amphibians?: The broader significance of amphibians in biology; Amphibians in ecology; Amphibians as harbingers of doom. Evolution and phylogeny: Relevance to ecology; Methods for studying and generating phylogenies; Ancient history of the Class Amphibia; Phylogenetic studies of urodeles; Phylogenetic studies of anurans; Hybrids; Ecological implications of phylogenetic studies. Behavioural ecology: Migration; Sexual selection; Kin selection in tadpoles. Population ecology: General features of amphibian populations; Methods employed in population studies; Population dynamics; Determinants of population dynamics; Population genetics; Metapopulations and the colonization of new habitat patches. Community ecology: The importance of community studies; Methods in community ecology; Observational studies of community ecology; Experimental studies of community ecology; An overview of amphibian community ecology. Distribution, abundance and extinction risk: Distribution; Abundance; Extinction risk. Threats to amphibians: Background; Habitat destruction or alteration; Use of agrochemicals; Atmospheric pollution; Direct killing by humans. How to conserve amphibians: General strategies; Laws protecting amphibians; Site acquisition; Applied research; Habitat management and creation; Captive breeding; Translocation. Amphibian conservation in action: Choosing examples; Very rare species; Widespread but local (specialist) species; Widespread generalist species; Overview.

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By: TJ Beebee
214 pages, B/w figs, tabs
Publisher: Chapman & Hall
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...this extremely important is the text which makes this book essential reading for any batrachophile. - Wildfowl and Wetlands Magazine
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