Varanoid Lizards of the World

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Eric R. Pianka, Dennis King, Ruth Allen King
Indiana University Press, 2004 - Science - 588 pages
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The large and impressive monitor lizard (genus Varanus) has attracted a great deal of interest. Despite being wary and difficult to observe, monitors have received an extraordinary amount of attention from devoted students. Varanoid Lizards of the World is a comprehensive account of virtually everything important that is known about monitor lizards, beginning with detailed species accounts and proceeding to various modern comparative analyses. Where possible, people who have had detailed field experience with a particular species have assembled the species accounts. In the process of reporting what is known, the book also identifies what remains to be learned about these lizards. This volume stands as a model for showing how such a diverse monophyletic group can be exploited both to identify and to understand the actual course of evolution.

 

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Contents

Ruth Allen King 9 Lawrence Close Darlington Western Australia
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The Long and Honorable History of Monitors and Their Kin RALPH E MOLNAR
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Philipp Zoologische Staatssammlung MiinchhausenstraEe
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Tim Schultz Faculty of Science Charles Darwin University Darwin
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Brian Weavers New South Wales Department of Infrastructure
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Biogeography and Phylogeny of Varanoids RALPH E MOLNAR and ERIC R PIANKA
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Tempo and Timing of the Australian Varanus Radiation W BRYAN JENNINGS
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PartH
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Asian Varanid Species
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Claudio Ciofi Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
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Other Varanoids
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Part
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A Biological Technical and Legislative Problem
556
Glossary
571
Index
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ERIC R. PIANKA, a world-renowned ecologist, has spent his life studying the evolutionary ecology of the second-largest group of terrestrial vertebrates, lizards. Pianka is the Denton A. Cooley Centennial Professor of Zoology at the University of Texas at Austin. His past and present research covers a broad range of topics pertaining to the ecology, biology, and evolution of reptiles. His text Evolutionary Ecology, first published in 1974, went through six editions and has been translated into many languages.

DENNIS R. KING (1942-2002) was one of the world's leading experts on lizards. For many years before his death, he was employed as Research Officer, Agriculture Protection Board of Western Australia. King is author of more than 100 papers on Australian varanids, mammals, and conservation, among other topics.

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