Ecophysiology of Desert Arthropods and Reptiles

  • John L. Cloudsley-Thompson

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. John L. Cloudsley-Thompson
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  3. John L. Cloudsley-Thompson
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  4. John L. Cloudsley-Thompson
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  8. John L. Cloudsley-Thompson
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 171-203

About this book


Ecophysiology of Desert Arthropods and Reptiles starts with a new classification of the world's deserts, based upon the type of precipitation and the effect on their faunas of arthropods and reptiles. This is followed by an account of microclimates and the avoidance of environmental extremes. Whereas thermoregulation is primarily behavioural, responses to water shortage are largely physiological. Seasonal activity and phenology are described, adaptations for burrowing, the avoidance of enemies, and defence, are also outlined. A comparative account of interspecific relationships, feeding specializations, and species diversity in the two taxa is described. The purpose of the book is to provide a new and up-to-date analysis that will stimulate further research along these lines.


Anpassung Gliederfüßler Kriechtiere Wüste adaptation arthropods classification desert ecophysiology environment fauna physiology reptiles species diversity Ökophysiologie

Authors and affiliations

  • John L. Cloudsley-Thompson
    • 1
  1. 1.University College, Department of Biology (Medawar Building)University of LondonLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-75339-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-75337-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1430-9432
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