Amphibians: Anatomy, Ecological Significance and Conservation Strategies


Martin P. Lombardi (Editor)

Series: Animal Science, Issues and Research
BISAC: SCI070010

Amphibian skin has, over the last century, proven to contain a treasure-trove of biologically active compounds. Since that time, further investigation has added hundreds of such compounds to the list of active substances from amphibian skin. This book discusses the anatomy of amphibians. It also provides topics on the ecological significance and conservation strategies of these animals. (Imprint: Novinka )


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Compensating the Impact of Large Reservoirs in Amphibian Communities: A Case Study
Mário Santos, Paulo Barros, Rita Bastos, Hélia Vale-Gonçalves, Vera Lourenço, Paulo Travassos, Diogo Carvalho, Carla Gomes, Francisco Morinha and João Alexandre Cabral (Laboratory of Applied Ecology, CITAB – Centre for the Research and Technology of Agro-Environment and Biological Sciences, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal)

Chapter 2. Unexpected Diversity of Metallothionein Primary Structure in Amphibians: Evolutionary Implications for Vertebrate Metallothioneins
Rosaria Scudiero (Department of Biology, University Federico II, Via Mezzocannone, Napoli, Italy)

Chapter 3. Toxins: A Chemical Defense for Amphibians’ Survival
Juliana Mozer Sciani (Laboratório de Bioquímica e Biofísica, Instituto Butantan, São Paulo, Brazil)

Chapter 4. Cyanobacteria on the Scales of Fossil Fishes As a Possible Ancestor of Amphibians
Petr Kolosov (Diamond and Precious Metal Geology Institute, SB RAS, Yakutsk, Russia)

Chapter 5. Assessment of Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic Substances (PBTs) and Sublethal Effects in Giant Toads from Coatzacoalcos Veracruz, Mexico
César A. Ilizaliturri-Hernández, Guillermo Espinosa-Reyes, Donaji J. González-Mille, Rogelio Costilla-Salazar, Jesús Mejia-Saavedra, Gabriela Cilia-Lopez and Alma D. Nava-Montes (CIACYT-Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí. Sierra Leona, Lomas 2da Sección. CP, San Luis Potosí, SLP. México)

Chapter 6. The Adverse Effects of Anthropogenic Pollution on Xenopus laevis with Special Reference to Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) in a Freshwater Wetland
Paul Oberholster, Arno Reed de Klerk, Anna-Maria Botha, Oluwaseun Olusegun Babalola, Luyanda Ndlela, Karin Staebe and Johannes Hendrik van Wyk (CSIR Natural Resources and the Environment, Stellenbosch, South Africa)



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