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The Newts and Salamanders of Europe
Richard A. Griffiths

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Colour Plates ix
Preface xi
CHAPTER 1: Newt or Salamander? 1
Newts and salamanders in folklore
Distribution of newts and salamanders
The amphibian life-style
Classification of newts and salamanders
CHAPTER 2: Life on Land and in Water 11
The senses
Internal structure and function
Relations with the environment
Feeding
Defence
CHAPTER 3: Biogeography and Evolution 33
The invasion of land
Ancient amphibians
The rise of the salamanders
Speciation and glaciations
Relationships between the living tailed amphibians
CHAPTER 4: Reproduction 48
Reproductive cycles
Hibernation, aestivation and environmental cues for breeding
Orientation and breeding migrations
Reproductive behaviour
Egg-laying or live-bearing?
Egg deposition
CHAPTER 5: Egg and Larval Development 70
Egg development
Larval development
Feeding
Predators
Competitors
Habitat selection
Activity patterns
Neoteny and paedomorphosis
Metamorphosis
CHAPTER 6: Population and Community Ecology 84
Complex life cycles
Population fluctuations
Fluctuations in larval survival
Longevity
Colonization
Sex ratio
Coexistence of species
Hybridisation
Population regulation
CHAPTER 7: Conservation 104
Conservation of species or habitats?
Threats to newts and salamanders
Conservation measures
Legislation
Conclusion
CHAPTER 8: Species Accounts 123
Family: Plethodontidae
Fammily:: Salamandridae
Fammily: Proteidae
Fammily: Hynobiidae
Appendix Herpetological Organisations 167
~References 169
Index 181
Colour plate section can be found between pages 52 and 53.

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