The Ecology and Behavior of Amphibians

The Ecology and Behavior of Amphibians

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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. An unprecedented scholarly contribution to amphibian biology, this book is eagerly anticipated among specialists.Aquatic hypoxia results in a redistribution of blood from the cutaneous to the pulmonary circulation, while aerial hypoxia ... Several unusual features of the circulatory system of frogs, some of which are not present in most salamanders, facilitate the redistribution of blood ... Diagram of the heart of a frog (Xenopus) and associated blood vessels, showing partial separation of blood flow through the ventricle.


Title:The Ecology and Behavior of Amphibians
Author: Kentwood D. Wells
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2010-02-15
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