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Ecology and Evolution in the Tropics

A Herpetological Perspective

In these essays that survey the burgeoning field of tropical herpetology, former students and associates pay tribute to Jay Savage’s four decades of mentoring. The result is a book unlike any other available in tropical herpetology. Covering a wide array of subjects, Ecology and Evolution in the Tropics is the first book in more than two decades to broadly review research on tropical amphibians and reptiles. A tribute to Savage and an invaluable addition to the herpetological literature, this work will be cited for years to come.

584 pages | 14 color plates, 10 halftones, 124 line drawings, 47 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2004

Biological Sciences: Biology--Systematics, Botany, Conservation, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Natural History, Tropical Biology and Conservation

Table of Contents

Foreword by Luis D. Gómez
Part I: Evolution and Biogeography
1. Taxonomy in Theory and Practice, with Arguments for a New Phylogenetic System of Taxonomy
Arnold G. Kluge
2. Biogeography and Molecular Phylogeny of Certain New World Caecilians
Marvalee H. Wake, Gabriela Parra-Olea, and Judy P.-Y. Sheen
3. Diversity of Costa Rican Salamanders
David B. Wake
4. On the Enigmatic Distribution of the Honduran Endemic Leptodactylus silvanimbus (Amphibia: Anura: Leptodactylidae)
W. Ronald Heyer, Rafael O. de Sá, and Sarah Muller
5. Chromosomal Variation in the rhodopis Group of the Southern Central American Eleutherodactyline Frogs (Leptodactylidae: Eleutherodactylus)
Shyh-Hwang Chen
6. The Physiological Basis of Sexual Dimorphism: Theoretical Implications for Evolutionary Patterns of Secondary Sexual Characteristics in Tropical Frogs
Sharon B. Emerson
7. Higher-Level Snake Phylogeny as Inferred from 28S Ribosomal DNA and Morphology
Mary E. White, Maria Kelly-Smith, and Brian I. Crother
8. Elapid Relationships
Joseph B. Slowinski and Robin Lawson
9. Wallace and Savage: Heroes, Theories, and Venomous Snake Mimicry
Harry W. Greene and Roy W. McDiarmid
Part II: Ecology, Biogeography, and Faunal Studies
10. Quantification of Selection and Male Reproductive Success in Hyla calypsa, a Neotropical Treefrog
Karen R. Lips
11. Patterns of Co-occurrence of Hylid Frogs at a Temporary Wetland in Costa Rica
Craig Guyer and Maureen A. Donnelly
12. It’s a Frog-Eat-Frog World in the Paraguayan Chaco: Food Habits, Anatomy, and Behavior of the Frog-Eating Anurans
Norman J. Scott Jr. and A. Luz Aquino
13. Long-Term Frog Monitoring by Local People in Papua New Guinea and the 1997-98 El Niño Southern Oscillation
David P. Bickford
14. Historical Biogeographic Relationships within the Tropical Lizard Genus Norops
Kirsten E. Nicholson
15. Hypotheses on the Historical Biogeography of Bothropoid Pitvipers and Related Genera of the Neotropics
Steven D. Werman
16. The Herpetofauna of the Rincón Area, Península de Osa, Costa Rica, a Central American Lowland Evergreen Forest Site
Roy W. McDiarmid and Jay M. Savage
17. The Iwokrama Herpetofauna: An Exploration of Diversity in a Guyanan Rainforest
Maureen A. Donnelly, Megan H. Chen, and Graham G. Watkins
18. The Herpetofauna of the Guayana Highlands: Amphibians and Reptiles of the Lost World
Roy W. McDiarmid and Maureen A. Donnelly

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