The Biology of Chameleons (Hardcover)

The Biology of Chameleons By Krystal A. Tolley (Editor), Anthony Herrel (Editor) Cover Image
By Krystal A. Tolley (Editor), Anthony Herrel (Editor)
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They change color depending on their mood. They possess uniquely adapted hands and feet distinct from other tetrapods. They feature independently movable eyes. This comprehensive volume delves into these fascinating details and thorough research about one of the most charismatic families of reptiles—Chameleonidae.

Written for professional herpetologists, scholars, researchers, and students, this book takes readers on a voyage across time to discover everything that is known about chameleon biology: anatomy, physiology, adaptations, ecology, behavior, biogeography, phylogeny, classification, and conservation.

A description of the natural history of chameleons is given, along with the fossil record and typical characteristics of each genus. The state of chameleons in the modern world is also depicted, complete with new information on the most serious threats to these remarkable reptiles.

About the Author

Krystal A. Tolley is Principal Scientist, Molecular Ecology Program in Applied Biodiversity Research of the South African National Biodiversity Institute. Her research focuses on understanding the historical processes that generate patterns of diversity and lead to species radiations of reptiles and amphibians in southern Africa. Anthony Herrel is a permanent researcher at the Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the head of the Function and Evolution team of the Unite Mixed de Recherche (UMR) 7179, based at the Museum national d’Histoire naturelle in Paris.

Praise For…

"Taken overall, this book is an excellent and timely addition to the natural history literature for both professional biologists and other chameleon aficionados."
— Robin Andrews
Product Details
ISBN: 9780520276055
ISBN-10: 0520276051
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: November 16th, 2013
Pages: 288
Language: English