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The amphibians and reptiles of Alberta : a field guide and primer of boreal herpetology /
Anthony P. Russell, Aaron M. Bauer ; with colour photographs by Wayne Lynch and illustrations by Irene McKinnon.
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
Calgary : University of Calgary Press, c2000.
description
xii, 279 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1552380386 (acid-free paper)
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imprint
Calgary : University of Calgary Press, c2000.
isbn
1552380386 (acid-free paper)
catalogue key
4151371
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-262) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Anthony P. Russell is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary Aaron M. Bauer is a professor in the Department of Biology at Villanova University, Pennsylvania
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2001-05-01:
This new edition (1st ed., CH, Jun'94) discusses two salamander, eight frog, one turtle, one lizard, and six snake species known to occur in Alberta and four species most likely to be as yet undiscovered residents. Although there are updated name changes, minor text revisions, and an expanded bibliography, the general format, most of the drawings and photographs, and the general narrative of the two editions are nearly identical. Chapters (11) place the content in perspective; characterize amphibians and reptiles; and discuss species known for Alberta, with checklist, illustrated dichotomous key, and 22 individual species accounts containing common and scientific names, and sections titled "Description," "Variation," "Natural History," "Reproduction," "Distribution," "Conservation Status," "Remarks," and "Significant References." Each species account has a distribution map and a black-and-white illustration. Other chapters include color photographs of 18 species and Alberta landsca pes; zoogeographic considerations; herpetozoan natural history; cold and aridity; defense and venoms; and interaction between man and herpetofauna. A bibliography, glossary, and index complete the book. Russell (Univ. of Calgary) and Bauer (Villanova Univ.) are competent herpetologists, experienced with Canadian amphibians and reptiles. The book is easy to read and has a minimum of technical terminology. Recommended for general library purchase in Canada and northwestern US. General readers; undergraduates through faculty. E. D. Keiser University of Mississippi
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Summaries
Main Description
Amphibians and reptiles (herpetofauna) are a significant but much neglected component of the natural economy of the province of Alberta. This second edition, which continues both as a field guide and a comprehensive natural history, builds on the strengths of the first, with a richly illustrated text, and colour photographs of the species taken by renowned wildlife photographer, Dr. Wayne Lynch. The award-winning first edition received recognition in the Emerald Awards for Environmental Excellence. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated. Nomenclature has been changed to reflect current thinking in the field. New photographs have been added, and maps and illustrations have been updated.
Main Description
Amphibians and reptiles (herpetofauna) are a significant but much neglected component of the natural economy of the province of Alberta. This second edition, which continues both as a field guide and a comprehensive natural history, builds on the strengths of the first, with a richly illustrated text, and colour photographs of the species taken by renowned wildlife photographer, Dr Wayne Lynch. The award-winning first edition received recognition in the Emerald Awards for Environmental Excellence. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated. Nomenclature has been changed to reflect current thinking in the field. New photographs have been added, and maps and illustrations have been updated.
Table of Contents
Contentsp. v
Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Characterization of Amphibians and Reptilesp. 5
The Amphibians and Reptiles of Alberta: A Brief Introductionp. 27
How to Observe Amphibians and Reptilesp. 33
A Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Albertap. 37
A Checklist of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Albertap. 38
Key to the Adult Amphibians and Reptiles of Albertap. 40
Key to the Larval Amphibians of Albertap. 44
Key to Eggs of the Amphibians of Albertap. 47
Species Accountsp. 49
Ambystoma macrodactylump. 51
Ambystoma tigrinump. 55
Spea bombifronsp. 59
Bufo boreasp. 62
Bufo cognatusp. 66
Bufo hemiophrysp. 69
Pseudacris maculatap. 73
Rana luteiventrisp. 76
Rana pipiensp. 80
Rana sylvaticap. 84
Chrysemys pictap. 88
Phrynosoma hernandesip. 92
Heterodon nasicusp. 96
Pituophis cateniferp. 100
Thamnophis elegansp. 104
Thamnophis radixp. 107
Thamnophis sirtalisp. 110
Crotalus viridisp. 114
Species Possibly Occurring in Albertap. 119
Ascaphus trueip. 120
Chelydra serpentinap. 123
Charina bottaep. 125
Coluber constrictorp. 127
Zoogeography of the Alberta Herpetofaunap. 145
Amphibian and Reptile Natural Historyp. 157
Coping with the Coldp. 181
The Challenge of Aridityp. 183
Defence and Venomsp. 191
Amphibians, Reptiles and Peoplep. 201
Bibliographyp. 211
General References and Guides to the Amphibians and Reptiles of North Americap. 211
References Pertinent to the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles in Albertap. 213
Glossaryp. 263
Indexp. 269
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