Patterns of Distribution of Amphibians: A Global Perspective

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William E. Duellman
JHU Press, Jul 28, 1999 - Nature - 633 pages

Amphibians are ecological equivalents of the canary in the coal mine. Because they have little physiological control over their body temperatures or evaporative water loss, frogs and toads, salamanders and newts, and the tropical wormlike caecilians are closely tied to their environments, and various stages of their biphasic life cycle are susceptible to environmental contaminants. At a time when populations of many species of amphibians are declining from unknown causes, indicating the destruction of natural habitats, biologists and conservationists need to know the patterns of distribution of amphibians and where large numbers of species and endemics occur.Patterns of Distribution of Amphibians: A Global Perspective, edited by William E. Duellman, is the first synthesis of information on the worldwide distribution of amphibians. Chapters on each of nine global regions are written by internationally recognized experts, who have gathered the diverse data from the literature and from their own experience in the field. The regional treatments emphasize patterns of distribution and their interpretation with respect to geography, climate, vegetation, and evolutionary history, providing unique syntheses of these patterns. The contributors also address existing and recommended aspects of conservation.

The extensive bibliography accompanying each chapter is an entrée into the literature on the amphibians of each region. Appendixes provide lists of species and their areas of distribution within each major region of the world. A wealth of maps, graphs, and tables is also included, making this volume an essential reference for herpetologists, biogeographers, and conservationists.

Contributors: Leo J. Borkin , Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg • Jonathan A. Campbell , University of Texas, Arlington • William E. Duellman , University of Kansas, Lawrence • S. Blair Hedges , Pennsylvania State University • Robert F. Inger , Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago • J. C. Poynton , Natural History Museum, London • Samuel S. Sweet , University of California, Santa Barbara • Michael J. Tyler , University of Adelaide, Australia • Zhao Er-Mi , Chengdu Institute of Biology, Peoples Republic of China

 

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Contents

Distribution Patterns of Amphibians in the Nearctic Region
31
Distribution Patterns of Amphibians in Middle America
111
Distribution Patterns of Amphibians in the West Indies
211
Distribution Patterns of Amphibians in South America
255
Distribution of Amphibians in North Africa Europe Western Asia
329
Distribution Patterns of Amphibians in Temperate Eastern Asia
421
Distribution of Amphibians in Southern Asia and Adjacent Islands
445
Distribution of Amphibians in SubSaharan Africa Madagascar
483
Distribution Patterns of Amphibians in the AustraloPapuan Region
541
Index
565
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William E. Duellman is a Curator Emeritus, Division of Herpetology, Natural History Museum, and Professor Emeritus, Department of Systematics and Ecology, at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. He is the author of nearly 300 publications, including Hylid Frogs of Middle America, Biology of an Equatorial Herpetofauna in Amazonian Ecuador, and, with his wife Linda Trueb, Biology of Amphibians, also available from Johns Hopkins.

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