Venomous snakes : ecology, evolution, and snakebite / edited by R.S. Thorpe, W. Wüster, and Anita Malhotra.

Contributor(s): Thorpe, R. S. (Roger S.) | Wüster, W. (Wolfgang) | Malhotra, Anita | Zoological Society of LondonMaterial type: TextTextSeries: Symposia of the Zoological Society of London: no. 70.Publisher: Oxford : New York : Clarendon Press ; Oxford University Press, 1997Description: xix, 276 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cmISBN: 0198549865 (hardcover); 9780198549864 (hardcover)Subject(s): Poisonous snakes -- Congresses | Poisonous snakes -- Venom -- Congresses | Snakebites -- CongressesDDC classification: 591 s | 597.96/0469 LOC classification: QL1 | .Z733 no. 70Other classification: 42.82
Contents:
An overview of venomous snake evolution -- Systematics of sea snakes (a critical review) -- Evolution, systematics and biogeography of Palaeartic vipers -- Evolution of viperine snakes -- Phylogenetic relationships of the 'Agkistrodon complex' -- Systematic implications of lactate dehydrogenase isozyme phenotyupes in neotropical pitvipers (Viperidae: Crotalinae) -- DNA evolution of South American pitvipers of the genus Bothrops (Reptilia: Serpentes: Viperdae) -- Systematics of the Bothrops atrox complex: new insights from multivariate analysis and mitochondrial DNA sequence information -- New perspectives on the evolution of south-east Asian pitvipers (genus Trimeresurus) from molecular studies -- Reproductive strategies and sperm competition in the adder, Vipera berus -- Growth and survival of the Vipera berus in a variable environment -- The role of ecology in determining venom variation in the Malayian pitviper, Calloselasma rhodostoma -- Venom and snakebite -- Molecular evolution of phospholipase A2s and metalloproteinase/disintegrins from venoms of vipers -- Geographical and intraspecies variation in the clinical manifestations of envenoming by snakes -- Snake venom and snakebite in Australia -- Russell's viper in Indonesia: snakebite and systematics -- Toxic phospholipases in snake venom: an introductory review -- The kinetics of snake bite envenoming and therapy.
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

An overview of venomous snake evolution -- Systematics of sea snakes (a critical review) -- Evolution, systematics and biogeography of Palaeartic vipers -- Evolution of viperine snakes -- Phylogenetic relationships of the 'Agkistrodon complex' -- Systematic implications of lactate dehydrogenase isozyme phenotyupes in neotropical pitvipers (Viperidae: Crotalinae) -- DNA evolution of South American pitvipers of the genus Bothrops (Reptilia: Serpentes: Viperdae) -- Systematics of the Bothrops atrox complex: new insights from multivariate analysis and mitochondrial DNA sequence information -- New perspectives on the evolution of south-east Asian pitvipers (genus Trimeresurus) from molecular studies -- Reproductive strategies and sperm competition in the adder, Vipera berus -- Growth and survival of the Vipera berus in a variable environment -- The role of ecology in determining venom variation in the Malayian pitviper, Calloselasma rhodostoma -- Venom and snakebite -- Molecular evolution of phospholipase A2s and metalloproteinase/disintegrins from venoms of vipers -- Geographical and intraspecies variation in the clinical manifestations of envenoming by snakes -- Snake venom and snakebite in Australia -- Russell's viper in Indonesia: snakebite and systematics -- Toxic phospholipases in snake venom: an introductory review -- The kinetics of snake bite envenoming and therapy.

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This book presents the proceedings of a 1995 symposium that was convened with the explicit goal of integrating research on the ecology and evolution of venomous snakes with work done on the medical and toxinological implications of snakebite. Although the individual papers in this volume clearly span that broad range of topics, few of the contributions are truly integrative. Eleven of the 18 chapters focus on the ecology, evolution, and systematics of venomous snakes. Topics include a general overview of venomous snake evolution, molecular evolution in specific groups, and ecological aspects of reproduction, growth, and survival. Three additional chapters explicitly address the different functions of venoms and their evolution. Remaining chapters discuss issues related to snakebite. Although ecologists and evolutionists, on the one hand, and toxicologists, on the other, share an interest in the structure and effects of snake venoms, each group of researchers clearly applies these data to a distinctive group of questions and concerns. The volume is well produced with clear tables and figures, but many potential buyers will find the price of the book exceptionally high. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. P. E. Hertz; Barnard College

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Roger S. Thorpe, Wolfgang Wuster, and Anita Malhotra are all at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Wales, Bangor.

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