Ecophysiology of Amphibians Inhabiting Xeric Environments

  • Michael R. Warburg

Part of the Adaptations of Desert Organisms book series (DESERT ORGAN.)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 139-182

About this book


Scarcity of water has brought about a number of structural, behavioural, physiological and ecological adaptations in amphibians inhabiting seasonally xeric habitats.
This book describes structural and functional adaptations of key organs such as skin, kidneys, bladder, lungs and ovaries. Behavioural responses to high temperatures mainly involve thermoregulation and the selection of optimal temperatures and humidity. Special emphasis is placed on physiological adaptations: water, electrolyte, nitrogen, and thermal balance and their endocrine control are treated in detail. Development and metamorphosis, larval competition for food resources, and reproductive strategies are only a few of the exciting topics in the chapter on ecological aspects.


Amphibien Anpassung Lurche Trockenheit adaptation amphibians drought ecology ecophysiology environment physiology temperature Ökophysiologie

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael R. Warburg
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyTechnion - Israel Institute of TechnologyHaifaIsrael

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-64369-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-60357-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1430-9432
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