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The Biology of Anuran Larvae

In our own juvenile stage, many of us received our wide-eyed introduction to the wonders of nature by watching the metamorphosis of swimming tadpoles into leaping frogs and toads. The recent alarming declines in amphibian populations worldwide and the suitability of amphibians for use in answering research questions in disciplines as diverse as molecular systematics, animal behavior, and evolutionary biology have focused enormous attention on tadpoles. Despite this popular and scientific interest, relatively little is known about these fascinating creatures.

In this indispensable reference, leading experts on tadpole biology relate what we currently know about tadpoles and what we might learn from them in the future. Tadpoles provides detailed summaries of tadpole morphology, development, behavior, ecology, and environmental physiology; explores the evolutionary consequences of the tadpole stage; synthesizes available information on their biodiversity; and presents a standardized terminology and an exhaustive literature review of tadpole biology.

458 pages | 118 halftones, 181 line drawings, 23 tables | 8-1/2 x 11 | © 1999

Biological Sciences: Anatomy, Behavioral Biology, Biology--Systematics, Ecology, Physiology, Biomechanics, and Morphology

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Chapter 1. Introduction: The Tadpole Arena
Roy W. McDiarmid and Ronald Altig
Chapter 2. Research: Materials and Techniques
Roy W. McDiarmid and Ronald Altig
Chapter 3. Body Plan: Development and Morphology
Ronald Altig and Roy W. McDiarmid
Chapter 4. Architecture: Cranial and Axial Musculoskeleton
David Cannatella
Chapter 5. Anatomy: Viscera and Endocrines
Bruno Viertel and Susanne Richter
Chapter 6. Integration: Nervous and Sensory Systems
Michael J. Lannoo
Chapter 7. Endotrophic Anurans: Development and Evolution
Giselle Thibaudeau and Ronald Altig
Chapter 8. Physiology: Coping with the Environment
Gordon R. Ultsch, David F. Bradford, and Joe Freda
Chapter 9. Behavior: Interactions and Their Consequences
Karin vS. Hoff, Andrew Blaustein, Roy W. McDiarmid, and Ronald Altig
Chapter 10. Ecology: Resource Use, Competition, and Predation
Ross A. Alford
Chapter 11. The Anuran Tadpole: Evolution and Maintenance
Reid N. Harris
Chapter 12. Diversity: Familial and Generic Characterizations
Ronald Altig and Roy W. McDiarmid
Literature Cited
Subject Index
Taxonomic Index

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