Reproductive Biology of the Crocodylia is based on over 40 years of research on global crocodiles, alligators and caimans. It brings together data and information previously scattered across publications to synthesize knowledge on the history, ecology, physiology and anatomy of crocodilians. The book provides a comprehensive look at the physiology, current taxonomy, ecology and sexual maturity factors of these reptiles. It then delves into the anatomy and cycles of both male and female reproduction systems, including nesting and incubation, temperature-dependent sex determination, and sex ratios across various species populations.
Finally, the book focuses on conservation efforts to protect the reproductive cycle, taking factors such as pollution, climate change, and human disruption into consideration. It is an ideal resource for wildlife biologists and herpetologists seeking up-to-date and thorough research data on conservation efforts. It will also be helpful for exotic animal veterinarians, zookeepers, and alligator or crocodile farmers.
1. Phylogeny and Fossil History
2. History and growth of knowledge
3. Life history, Ecology
4. Growth, Sexual Maturity, Senescence
5. Anatomy of the Male Reproductive tract
6. Male Reproductive Cycle
7. Anatomy of the Female Reproductive tract
8. Female reproductive cycle
9. Sex Determination
10. Captive breeding
11. Environmental pollution
Dr Valentine Lance is a retired researcher and professor who taught in the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University, California, USA. He previously served for 16 years as a senior scientist and the Head of Endocrinology in the Research Department at the San Diego Zoo. Dr Lance received his master's degree in biology from the College of William and Mary, Virginia, USA, and later his PhD in zoology from the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. He has conducted decades of research on reproductive biology, specifically on the physiology and endocrinology of reptiles such as crocodiles, alligators, and turtle species. He currently serves as Vice Chairman for Science for the Crocodile Specialist Group of SSC/IUCN and Advisor to the Crocodilian Advisory Group (TAG) of the AAZPA.