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Ecological and Environmental Physiology of Amphibians
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Ecological and Environmental Physiology of Amphibians

Stanley S. Hillman, Philip C. Withers, Robert C. Drewes, and Stanley D. Hillyard

Abstract

Amphibians are the descendants of the first vertebrate class to successfully colonize terrestrial environments. They rely on water more than any other terrestrial group and occupy a unique position between fishes and reptiles. This book provides a synthesis of current research on the ecological and environmental physiology of amphibians, with a particular emphasis on metabolic and water balance strategies associated with the range of habitats, aquatic to terrestrial, that are occupied by extant amphibian species. The topics include the suite of morphological, physiological, and behavioral adap ... More

Keywords: amphibians, environmental physiology, physiological ecology, comparative physiology, morphotypes, water, ions, temperature, energy, metabolism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780198570325
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570325.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stanley S. Hillman, author
Portland State University, USA

Philip C. Withers, author
University of Western Australia

Robert C. Drewes, author
California Academy of Sciences, USA

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