1st Edition

Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Snakes

ISBN 9781578087013
Published April 15, 2011 by CRC Press
812 Pages 42 Color & 121 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Offering coverage of a wide range of topics on snake reproduction and phylogeny, this comprehensive book discusses everything from primordial germ migration in developing embryos to semelparity (death after reproduction) in the aspic viper. Beginning with a review of the history of snake reproductive studies, it presents new findings on development, placentation, spermatogenesis, male and female reproductive anatomy, hormonal control of reproduction, reproductive cycles, sex pheromones, and parental care. An indispensible reference, this book offers comparative chapters on snake phylognetics examining morphological characteristics alongside strictly molecular concerns. It is rife with illustrations and color plates.

Table of Contents

History of Reproductive Studies on Snakes: G. Nilson
Evolution and Taxonomy of Snakes: F.T. Burbrink and B. Crother
The Major Clades of Living Snakes: Morphological Evolution, Molecular Phylogeny, and Divergence Dates: J.D. Scanlon and M.S.Y. Lee
Oogenesis and Early Embryogenesis: M.E. White
Viviparity and Placentation in Snakes: D.G. Blackburn and J.R. Stewart
The Ophidian Testis, Spermatogenesis, and Mature Spermatozoa: K.M. Gribbins and J.L. Rheubert
Hormones and Reproduction in Free-Ranging Snakes: D.F. DeNardo and E.N. Taylor
Neuroendorcrine Control of Reproduction in Snakes: R.W. Krohmer and D.I. Lutterschmidt
Female Reproductive Anatomy: Cloaca, Oviduct, and Sperm Storage: D.S. Siegel, A. Miralles, R.E. Chabarria and R.D. Aldridge
Male Urogenital Ducts and Cloacal Anatomy: S.E. Trauth and D.M. Sever
The Sexual Segment of the Kidney: R.D. Aldridge, D.S. Siegel, and B.C. Jellen
Reproductive Cycles of Tropical Snakes: T. Mathies
Pheromones in Snakes: History, Patterns and Future Research Directions: M.R. Parker and R.T. Mason
Offspring Size Variation in Snakes: N.B. Ford and R.A. Seigel
IGF-1 and Reproduction in Snakes: A.M. Sparkman, A.M. Bronikowski, and N.B. Ford
Paternity Patterns: B.C. Jellen and R.D. Aldridge
The Evolution of Semelparity: X. Bonnet
Parental Care in Snakes: Z.R. Stahlschmidt and D.F. DeNardo

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"This volume is currently one of the best sources of information about phylogeny and reproduction of snakes."
—Hartmut Greven, in Acta Biologica Benrodis