Behavioural Adaptations of Desert Animals

  • Giovanni Costa

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Giovanni Costa
    Pages 1-3
  3. Giovanni Costa
    Pages 5-20
  4. Giovanni Costa
    Pages 21-47
  5. Giovanni Costa
    Pages 49-66
  6. Giovanni Costa
    Pages 67-80
  7. Giovanni Costa
    Pages 81-99
  8. Giovanni Costa
    Pages 101-119
  9. Giovanni Costa
    Pages 121-140
  10. Giovanni Costa
    Pages 141-147
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 149-199

About this book


After a brief survey of biotopic and vegetational features and an account of the main groups of desert animals, the most unusual patterns of the behaviour of the xerophilous fauna are examined. The importance of the thermohygric regulation and self-protective and locomotor mechanisms to the survival of arid-adapted animals is emphasized and various adaptations in the alimentary, reproductive and social spheres are analyzed.
The clear and fluent treatment will awaken the interest of the reading public, from the amateur naturalists to research scientists.


Adaption Anpassung Desert Animals Ethologie Verhaltensökologie Wüstenfauna adaptation animals behavioural ecology desert desert fauna ecology ethology fauna

Authors and affiliations

  • Giovanni Costa
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Biologia AnimaleUniversità di CataniaCataniaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-79358-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-79356-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1430-9432
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