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The Ecology and Behavior of Amphibians

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By: Kentwood D Wells(Author)
1148 pages, 116 b/w photos, 323 b/w illustrations, 45 tables
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The most comprehensive synthesis of amphibian research to date
The Ecology and Behavior of Amphibians
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  • The Ecology and Behavior of Amphibians ISBN: 9780226893341 Hardback Nov 2007 Out of Print #165271
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Consisting of more than six thousand species, amphibians are more diverse than mammals and are found on every continent save Antarctica. Despite the abundance and diversity of these animals, many aspects of the biology of amphibians remain unstudied or misunderstood. The Ecology and Behavior of Amphibians aims to fill this gap in the literature on this remarkable taxon. It is a celebration of the diversity of amphibian life and the ecological and behavioral adaptations that have made it a successful component of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

Synthesizing seventy years of research on amphibian biology, Kentwood D. Wells addresses all major areas of inquiry, including phylogeny, classification, and morphology; aspects of physiological ecology such as water and temperature relations, respiration, metabolism, and energetics; movements and orientation; communication and social behavior; reproduction and parental care; ecology and behavior of amphibian larvae and ecological aspects of metamorphosis; ecological impact of predation on amphibian populations and antipredator defenses; and aspects of amphibian community ecology. With an eye towards modern concerns, The Ecology and Behavior of Amphibians concludes with a chapter devoted to amphibian conservation.

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Kentwood D. Wells is professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut.

Out of Print
By: Kentwood D Wells(Author)
1148 pages, 116 b/w photos, 323 b/w illustrations, 45 tables
NHBS
The most comprehensive synthesis of amphibian research to date
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"More than a quarter-century in the making, and weightier than a doorstop [...] the definitive one-volume work on the world's amphibians."
– Steve Grant, The Hartford Courant, 28-11-2007

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