Comparative Vertebrate Reproduction

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Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 30, 1998 - Science - 469 pages
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Comparative Vertebrate Reproduction is the only comprehensive textbook covering major topics in the reproductive biology of vertebrates, from sexuality and gametogenesis to reproductive ecology and life history tactics. The work draws heavily on recent reviews and papers while placing topics in a historical context and conceptual framework. In addition, the author provides detailed comparative surveys of each of the major topics discussed.
Comparative Vertebrate Reproduction has been written as a textbook for upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level students in biology, zoology, physiology, animal science, and veterinary medicine. The work also serves as an excellent reference for researchers in medical and veterinary schools working in reproductive medicine.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION TO VERTEBRATE REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY
1
Reproduction and Vertebrate Diversity
2
Limitations of the Literature
3
Plesiomorphy and Apomorphy
5
Reproduction and Natural Selection
8
SEX AND SEXUAL DIFFERENTIATION
13
Acquiring the Sexual Phenotype
14
Genetic Basis of Sex Determination
29
Fertilization
200
Cleavage
218
EMBRYOGENESIS
225
Organization of Vertebrate Blastulae
226
The Vertebrate Developmental Common Plan
227
Gastrulation
228
Organogenesis
236
Extraembryonic Membranes
237

Hormonal Influences on Sexual Differentiation
34
The Sex Ratio
37
Sex Allocation
38
MODES OF REPRODUCTION
43
The Vertebrate Life Cycle
44
Sexual Reproduction
46
Unisexual Reproduction
51
Polyembryony
59
UROGENITAL STRUCTURE AND INTEGRATION
61
The Urinary Component
62
Urogenital Organization and Integration
66
The Cloaca and its Associations
90
GAMETES AND THEIR PRODUCTION
109
Male Gametes Sperm Structure
110
Female Gametes
131
REPRODUCTIVE REGULATION
155
Modes of Integration and Control
156
Endocrine Glands and their Hormones
164
External Regulation of Cyclicity
193
FERTILIZATION AND CLEAVAGE
199
Embryonic Diapause
249
OVULIPARITY AND MODES OF EMBRYO RETENTION
253
Ovuliparity
257
Regulation of Embryo Retention and Parturition
275
EMBRYONIC NUTRITION AND PLACENTATION
283
Lecithotrophy
284
Matrotrophy
285
POSTPARTUM CARE OF YOUNG
319
Parental Care
320
Postpartum Nutrient Provision
343
LIFE HISTORIES
353
Life History Traits
354
Evolution of Life Histories
370
MATING SYSTEMS AND REPRODUCTIVE ECOLOGY
375
Mating Systems
376
Mating Behaviors
388
Reproductive Ecology
402
REFERENCES
409
INDEX
441
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