1st Edition

Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Lizards and Tuatara

ISBN 9781466579866
Published December 19, 2014 by CRC Press
760 Pages 50 Color & 119 B/W Illustrations

USD $230.00

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Lizard reproduction: A history of discovery; Laurie Vitt

The phylogeny of lizard families; John Wiens and Shea Lambert

Pheromones and chemical communication in lizards; José Martin and Pilar López

Sexual selection and sexual dimorphism; Robert Cox and Ariel Kahrl

Cues for reproduction in squamate reptiles; James Van Dyke

Female reproductive anatomy: cloaca, oviduct, and sperm storage; Dustin Siegel, Aurélien Miralles, Justin Rheubert, and David Sever

Female reproductive cycles; Alex Flemming

Oogenesis; Martha Patricia Ramírez-Pinilla, Gloria de Pérez, and Camilo Alvarado-Ramírez

Discovery of parthenogenesis in lizards; William Neaves

Male reproductive anatomy: the gonads, gonadoducts, sexual segment of the kidney, and cloaca; Justin Rheubert, David Sever, Dustin Siegel, and Stanley Trauth

Male reproductive cycles; Fausto Mendez de La Cruz

The architecture of the testis, spermatogenesis, and mature spermatozoa; Kevin Gribbins and Justin Rheubert

Evolutionary ecology of reproductive investment in lizards; Tobias Uller and Geoffrey While

Viviparity and placentation in lizards; James Stewart and Daniel Blackburn

The complexity of understanding patterns of multiple paternity in lizards; Erik Wapstra and Mats Ollson

The evolutionary ecology of parental care in lizards; Geoffrey While, Ben Halliwell, and Tobias Uller

Reproductive anatomy and cycles of tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus), an intriguing non-squamate lepidosaur; Alison Cree

The ultrastructure of spermatogenesis and spermatozoa of the tuatara Sphenodon punctatus (Sphenodontidae: Amniota); Barrie Jamieson

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