Anolis Lizards of the Caribbean: Ecology, Evolution, and Plate Tectonics

Hardcover | May 1, 1995

byJonathan RoughgardenAs told byJoan Roughgarden

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The Anolis lizards of the Caribbean are ideally suited for the study of evolutionary ecology. Offering fascinating insights into the more than 150 species dispersed throughout the Caribbean islands, Jonathan Roughgarden details the differences between species in a wide range of behavioral andphysical characteristics, including foraging behaviors, body size, and habitat use, resulting from evolutionary divergences concurrent with the plate-tectonic origins of the region. This book will be of interest to students and researchers--ecology and theoretical, tropical, and populationbiology.

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The Anolis lizards of the Caribbean are ideally suited for the study of evolutionary ecology. Offering fascinating insights into the more than 150 species dispersed throughout the Caribbean islands, Jonathan Roughgarden details the differences between species in a wide range of behavioral andphysical characteristics, including foragin...

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The Anolis lizards of the Caribbean are ideally suited for the study of evolutionary ecology. Offering fascinating insights into the more than 150 species dispersed throughout the Caribbean islands, Jonathan Roughgarden details the differences between species in a wide range of behavioral and physical characteristics, including foragin...

Jonathan Roughgarden is highly regarded as one of the world's leading ecologists. He has spent the last twenty years developing theoretical models of evolutionary ecology. He is a member of the Departments of Biological Sciences and
Format:HardcoverDimensions:226 pages, 9.49 × 6.5 × 0.91 inPublished:May 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195067312

ISBN - 13:9780195067316

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Table of Contents

Preface1. The Sentient Forager1.1. The Optimal Foraging Distance1.2. Learning to Forage Optimally1.3. Energy as a Criterion1.4. Seasonality and Growth, St. Martin1.5. Growth of an Optimal Forager1.6. Optimal Life History of an Optimal Forager1.7. Discussion2. Invasion and Coevolution2.1. Biogeography of Body Size2.2. Early Hypotheses2.3. Evidence for Competition2.4. Theory of Faunal Assembly2.5. Historical Evidence2.6. Hypotheses Evaluated2.7. Biogeography of Habitat Use2.8. Theory of Habitat Use2.9. Discussion3. Origin of the Caribbean3.1. Systematics of Anolis3.2. Biogeographic Data3.3. Geologic Data3.4. Discussion4. The Food Tangle4.1. Food Webs4.2. St. Martin Web--First Pass4.3. St. Martin Web--Second Pass4.4. Puerto Rico4.5. DiscussionContents of Diskette

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"Roughgarden, a recognized leader in the field of theoretical ecology, has apparently taken the next logical step in education, that of lucidly providing the theoretical basis of ecological theory, along with the software to examine the consequences and predictions derived from variousforaging strategies . . . . Overall, it is a wealth of information on theoretical ecology as it applies to anole lizards and is exceptionally easy to read."--The Canadian Field-Naturalist