Ecological and Environmental Physiology of Amphibians by Stanley S. HillmanEcological and Environmental Physiology of Amphibians by Stanley S. Hillman

Ecological and Environmental Physiology of Amphibians

byStanley S. Hillman, Philip C. Withers, Robert C. Drewes

Paperback | November 15, 2008

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Amphibians are the extant descendants of the first vertebrate class to successfully colonize terrestrial environments; hence they occupy a unique position between fish and reptiles. Amphibian skin provides essentially no resistance to evaporative water loss, and consequently daily waterturnover rates are an order of magnitude greater than in other terrestrial vertebrate groups. This has led to a suite of physiological, morphological and behavioural adaptations that have allowed a successful terrestrial existence in spite of this apparently spendthrift water retention strategy. Ecological and Environmental Physiology of Amphibians provides a synthesis of current research on the comparative physiology of amphibians with a particular emphasis on water balance. It adopts a strong environmental perspective and includes a wealth of information on ecology, phylogeny anddevelopment. As with other books in the Ecological and Environmental Physiology Series, the emphasis in this book is on the unique physiological characteristics of the amphibians, although the latest experimental techniques and future research directions are also considered. This accessible text issuitable for both graduate students and researchers in the fields of amphibian comparative physiology and physiological ecology, including specialist courses in amphibian ecology. It will also be of value and use to the many professional herpetologists requiring a concise overview of thetopic.
Stan Hillman is Professor and Chair of Biology at Portland State University. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1977 from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of many papers on aspects of the osmotic, metabolic and cardiovascular physiology of amphibians from three continents. Philip Withers is Professor of Zoology at the...
Title:Ecological and Environmental Physiology of AmphibiansFormat:PaperbackDimensions:488 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.96 inPublished:November 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. General Physiological Principles3. Specialized Physiological Characteristics of Amphibia4. Physiological Adaptations to Extreme Environments5. Approaches and Techniques6. Conclusions and Future Directions