The Biology of Chameleons

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Krystal A. Tolley, Anthony Herrel
Univ of California Press, Nov 16, 2013 - Science - 312 pages
They change color depending on their mood. They possess uniquely adapted hands and feet distinct from other tetrapods. They feature independently movable eyes. This comprehensive volume delves into these fascinating details and thorough research about one of the most charismatic families of reptiles—Chameleonidae.

Written for professional herpetologists, scholars, researchers, and students, this book takes readers on a voyage across time to discover everything that is known about chameleon biology: anatomy, physiology, adaptations, ecology, behavior, biogeography, phylogeny, classification, and conservation.

A description of the natural history of chameleons is given, along with the fossil record and typical characteristics of each genus. The state of chameleons in the modern world is also depicted, complete with new information on the most serious threats to these remarkable reptiles.
 

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Contents

An Introduction
1
2 Chameleon Anatomy
7
3 Chameleon Physiology
57
4 Function and Adaptation of Chameleons
63
5 Ecology and Life History of Chameleons
85
6 Chameleon Behavior and Color Change
115
7 Evolution and Biogeography of Chameleons
131
8 Overview of the Systematics of the Chamaeleonidae
151
9 Fossil History of Chameleons
175
10 Chameleon Conservation
193
Appendix
217
Abbreviations
223
References
225
Photo Credits
267
Index
269
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Krystal A. Tolley is Principal Scientist, Molecular Ecology Program in Applied Biodiversity Research of the South African National Biodiversity Institute. Her research focuses on understanding the historical processes that generate patterns of diversity and lead to species radiations of reptiles and amphibians in southern Africa. Anthony Herrel is a permanent researcher at the Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the head of the Function and Evolution team of the Unite Mixed de Recherche (UMR) 7179, based at the Museum national d’Histoire naturelle in Paris.

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