Biology of the snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) / edited by Anthony C. Steyermark, Michael S. Finkler, Ronald J. Brooks ; foreword by J. Whitfield Gibbons.

Contributor(s): Steyermark, Anthony C, 1968- | Finkler, Michael S, 1969- | Brooks, Ronald JMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008Description: x, 225 p. : ill., maps ; 29 cmISBN: 9780801887246 (hardcover : alk. paper); 0801887240 (hardcover : alk. paper)Subject(s): Chelydra serpentinaAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Biology of the snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina)DDC classification: 597.92/2 LOC classification: QL666.C539 | B56 2008
Contents:
Foreword / J. Whitfield Gibbons -- List of contributors -- Taxonomy and systematics -- Systematics, taxonomy, and geographic distribution of the snapping turtles, family Chelydridae / Carl H. Ernst -- History of fossil Chelydridae / J. Howard Hutchison -- An introduction to the skull of Chelydra serpentina, with a review of the morphology literature of Chelydra / Eugene S. Gaffney -- Molecular insights into the systematics of the snapping turtles (Chelydridae) / H. Bradley Shaffer, David E. Starkey, Matthew K. Fujita -- Physiology, energetics, and growth -- Respiratory and cardiovascular physiology of snapping turtles, Chelydra serpentina / Nigel H. West -- Reproductive physiology of the snapping turtle / Ibrahim Y. Mahmoud, Abdulaziz Y.A. Alkindi -- Thermal ecology and feeding of the snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina / James R. Spotila Barbara A. Bell -- Energetics of the snapping turtle / Robert E. Gatten, Jr. -- Ecology and physiology of overwintering / Gordon R. Ultsch Scott A. Reese -- Embryos and incubation period of the snapping turtle / Michael A. Ewert -- Growth patterns of snapping turtles, Chelydra serpentina / Anthony C. Steyermark.
Life history and ecology -- Reproductive and nesting ecology of female snapping turtles / Justin D. Congdon, Judith L. Greene Ronald J. Brooks -- Water relations of snapping turtle eggs / Ralph A. Ackerman, Todd A. Rimkus David B. Lott -- Sex determination in Chelydra / Fredric J. Janzen -- Physiology and ecology of hatchling snapping turtles / Michael S. Finkler Jason J. Kolbe -- Population biology and population genetics / David A. Galbraith -- Geographic variation in life-history traits / Don Moll John B. Iverson -- References -- Index.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [193]-220) and index.

Foreword / J. Whitfield Gibbons -- List of contributors -- pt. 1. Taxonomy and systematics -- 1. Systematics, taxonomy, and geographic distribution of the snapping turtles, family Chelydridae / Carl H. Ernst -- 2. History of fossil Chelydridae / J. Howard Hutchison -- 3. An introduction to the skull of Chelydra serpentina, with a review of the morphology literature of Chelydra / Eugene S. Gaffney -- 4. Molecular insights into the systematics of the snapping turtles (Chelydridae) / H. Bradley Shaffer, David E. Starkey, and Matthew K. Fujita -- pt. 2. Physiology, energetics, and growth -- 5. Respiratory and cardiovascular physiology of snapping turtles, Chelydra serpentina / Nigel H. West -- 6. Reproductive physiology of the snapping turtle / Ibrahim Y. Mahmoud, and Abdulaziz Y.A. Alkindi -- 7. Thermal ecology and feeding of the snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina / James R. Spotila and Barbara A. Bell -- 8. Energetics of the snapping turtle / Robert E. Gatten, Jr. -- 9. Ecology and physiology of overwintering / Gordon R. Ultsch and Scott A. Reese -- 10. Embryos and incubation period of the snapping turtle / Michael A. Ewert -- 11. Growth patterns of snapping turtles, Chelydra serpentina / Anthony C. Steyermark.

pt. 3. Life history and ecology -- 12. Reproductive and nesting ecology of female snapping turtles / Justin D. Congdon, Judith L. Greene and Ronald J. Brooks -- 13. Water relations of snapping turtle eggs / Ralph A. Ackerman, Todd A. Rimkus and David B. Lott -- 14. Sex determination in Chelydra / Fredric J. Janzen -- 15. Physiology and ecology of hatchling snapping turtles / Michael S. Finkler and Jason J. Kolbe -- 16. Population biology and population genetics / David A. Galbraith -- 17. Geographic variation in life-history traits / Don Moll and John B. Iverson -- References -- Index.

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CHOICE Review

Editors Steyermark (Univ. of St. Thomas), Finkler (Indiana Univ.), and Brooks (Univ. of Guelph, Ontario) and 25 other authorities on chelonians contributed their talents to produce this detailed volume on the natural history, ecology, physiology, behavior, fossil history, and evolution of the abundant and widely distributed North American snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina. The book begins with a foreword by J. Whitfield Gibbons and consists of 17 chapters organized into three parts. Part 1 (four chapters) covers systematics and distribution of the family Chelydridae, including details on fossils, skull morphology, and molecular insights. Part 2 (seven chapters) discusses physiology, energetics, and growth. Part 3 (six chapters) is concerned with life history and ecology. Maps, graphs, tables, line drawings, and black-and-white photographs complement the narrative discussions. A comprehensive references section and index complete the book. The text is well written, easy to comprehend, detailed, accurate, and informative. Though sections may be of interest to the general public, most of the content will be of value to vertebrate biologists, turtle specialists, and persons concerned with conservation and management of turtles in general. Despite these potential readership limitations, the book should be in public and academic library collections. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through professionals. E. D. Keiser emeritus, University of Mississippi

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Anthony C. Steyermark is an assistant professor of biology at University of St. Thomas. Michael S. Finkler is an associate professor of biology at Indiana University. Ronald J. Brooks is a professor of zoology at the University of Guelph in Ontario.

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