Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Lizards and Tuatara

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Justin L. Rheubert, Dustin S. Siegel, Stanley E. Trauth
CRC Press, 19 dec. 2014 - 760 pagini

Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Lizards and Tuatara is a remarkable compendium of chapters written by the world's leading experts from over four continents. The book begins with a chapter recounting historical discoveries in reproductive biology and a review of phylogenetics and up-to-date hypotheses concerning evolutionary relationships among lizards.

Following these chapters are detailed reviews with additional new data concerning chemical communication, sexual selection, reproductive cues, female reproductive anatomy, female reproductive cycles, oogenesis, parthenogenesis, male reproductive anatomy, male reproductive cycles, spermatogenesis, reproductive investment, viviparity and placentation, multiple paternity, and parental care.

The book culminates in two chapters on tuatara reproduction giving unique insight into evolutionary patterns in reproductive biology in squamates and tuatara. This is an essential resource for anyone studying reproduction in reptiles and/or vertebrates and offers a fascinating read for those interested in reproductive biology.


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Lizard Reproduction A History of Discovery
The Phylogeny of Lizard Families
Pheromones and Chemical Communication in Lizards
Sexual Selection and Sexual Dimorphism
Cues for Reproduction in Squamate Reptiles
Female Reproductive Anatomy Cloaca Oviduct and Sperm Storage
Discovery of Parthenogenesis in Lizards
Oogenesis and the Ovarian Cycle
The Architecture of the Testis Spermatogenesis and Mature Spermatozoa
The Evolutionary Ecology of Reproductive Investment in Lizards
Viviparity and Placentation in Lizards
The Evolution of Polyandry and Patterns of Multiple Paternity in Lizards
The Evolutionary Ecology of Parental Care in Lizards
Reproductive Anatomy and Cycles of Tuatara Sphenodon punctatus an Intriguing Nonsquamate Lepidosaur
The Ultrastructure of Spermatogenesis and Spermatozoa of the Tuatara Sphenodon punctatus Sphenodontida Amniota
About the Editors

Male Reproductive Anatomy The Gonadoducts Sexual Segment of the Kidney and Cloaca
Male Reproductive Cycles in Lizards
Color Plate Section
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Stanley Trauth is professor of zoology and director of the Electron Microscope Facility at Arkansas State University. The author of over two hundred articles in scientific journals, he is the editor in chief of the Arkansas Academy of Science and past president of the Southeastern Division of the American Society of Icthyologists and Herpetologists.

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