Behavior of Lizards: Evolutionary and Mechanistic Perspectives

1st Edition

Vincent Bels, Anthony Russell

CRC Press
February 21, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 424 Pages - 47 Color & 24 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498782722 - CAT# K30048

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Summary

Key features:

  • Presents a contemporary snapshot of the mechanisms underlying the evolution and adaptation of behavior
  • Explores how genetics, epigenetics, development, and environment shape behavior  
  • Discusses a broad range of behavioral repertoires and responses, including those related to thermoregulatory, foraging, predatory, displaying, and escaping strategies. 
  • Examines physiological and sensory mechanisms
  • Covers the effects of various aspects of global change on the behavior (such as the impacts of climate change on hydroregulatory behavior, and behavioral responses to the effects of habitat alteration resulting from human-mediated change and colonization by invasive species).
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    Lizards serve as focal organisms for many of biological questions related to evolution, ecology, physiology, and morphology. They are studied at multiple spatial and temporal scales, from the individual to the community level. This book, authored by expert contributors from around the globe, explores behaviors underlying the evolution and adaptation of these organisms. It covers conceptual, empirical, and methodological approaches to understanding the role that natural and sexual selection play in molding the behavioral traits of lizards.
    This thorough, illustrated reference should stimulate discussion of the conceptual and methodological approaches to studying the behavioral traits of these fascinating and highly diverse vertebrates.

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