Iguanas: Biology and Conservation

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Allison C. Alberts, Ronald L. Carter, William K. Hayes, Emilia P. Martins
University of California Press, Mar 3, 2004 - Science - 356 pages
In what is certain to be the key reference on iguanas for years to come, some of the world's leading experts offer a clear and accessible account of the latest research on the evolution, behavioral ecology, and conservation of these highly visible and increasingly endangered creatures, much loved by professional herpetologists and hobbyists alike.

The book begins with an introduction by noted iguana biologist Dr. Gordon Burghardt that examines the state of iguana research—past, present, and future—with an emphasis on social behavior. Three major sections follow, each opening with a synthesis by the volume editors, who survey the current status and likely future direction of investigations in the pertinent area. The first section focuses on different aspects of the taxonomic and morphological diversity of iguanas and includes a complete checklist of species. In the second section, contributors address the behavior and ecology of iguanas and provide compelling evidence that both may be far more complex than previously appreciated. The third and final section, highlighting the threats facing iguana populations today, describes the broad array of innovative conservation strategies that will be needed to help ensure their survival.

Illustrated throughout with photographs, distribution maps, tables, and figures, this volume will be the definitive resource for anyone—professional or curious amateur—interested in iguanas.
 

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Contents

LOOKING BACK
1
DETERMINANTS OF LEK MATING SUCCESS IN 16 SURVIVAL AND REPRODUCTION OF REPATRIATED
10
INTRODUCTION 15 Part II Behavior and Ecology
97
GENETIC STRUCTURE OF THE TURKS
119
CONSERVATION OF AN ENDANGERED
232
FACTORS AFFECTING LONGTERM GROWTH OF THE ALLEN CAYS ROCK
238
THE ROLE OF ZOOS IN THE CONSERVATION
274
ECOTOURISM AND ITS POTENTIAL
290
TESTING THE UTILITY OF HEADSTARTING
303
Index
343
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About the author (2004)

Allison C. Alberts is Head of Applied Conservation at the Zoological Society of San Diego and the editor of West Indian Iguanas: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan (2000). Ronald L. Carter is Professor of Biology at Loma Linda University. William K. Hayes is Associate Professor of Biology at Loma Linda University. Emília P. Martins is Associate Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior at Indiana University.

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