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Jari Niemelä, Jürgen H. Breuste, Thomas Elmqvist, Glenn Guntenspergen, Philip James, and Nancy E. McIntyre

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199563562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563562.001.0001

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Ecology of Urban Amphibians and Reptiles: Urbanophiles, Urbanophobes, and the Urbanoblivious

Ecology of Urban Amphibians and Reptiles: Urbanophiles, Urbanophobes, and the Urbanoblivious

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(p.167) Chapter 3.4 Ecology of Urban Amphibians and Reptiles: Urbanophiles, Urbanophobes, and the Urbanoblivious
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Urban Ecology
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Bruce W. Grant

George Middendorf

Michael J. Colgan

Haseeb Ahmad

Michael B. Vogel

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563562.003.0020

This chapter explores how the ability of herpetofauna to persist and/or thrive in urban ecosystems is constrained by some of the very traits that characterise them, including relatively limited dispersal capacity, high trophic level, and ectothermy. In particular, it considers the ecology of amphibians and reptiles found in cities; their roles in urban ecosystem food webs, energy flow, and biogeochemical cycles; whether they help stabilise ecosystem function amidst the disturbance that persists in urban environs; and whether these taxa can serve as indicators of environmental stress and successful urban ecosystem re-engineering for sustainability. It also looks at the characteristics of urbanophiles, urbanophobes, and the urbanoblivious.

Keywords:   herpetofauna, urban ecosystems, trophic level, ectothermy, ecology, amphibians, reptiles, urbanophiles, urbanophobes, urbanoblivious

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