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Ecological Morphology : Integrative Organismal Biology - Peter C. Wainwright

Ecological Morphology

Integrative Organismal Biology

By: Peter C. Wainwright (Editor), Stephen M. Reilly (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 1994
ISBN: 9780226869957
Number Of Pages: 400

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Ecological morphology examines the relation between an animal's anatomy and physiology—its form and function—and how the animal has evolved in and can inhabit a particular environment. Within the past few years, research in this relatively new area has exploded. Ecological Morphology is a synthesis of major concepts and a demonstration of the ways in which this integrative approach can yield rich and surprising results.

Through this interdisciplinary study, scientists have been able to understand, for instance, how bat wing design affects habitat use and bat diet; how the size of a predator affects its ability to capture and eat certain prey; and how certain mosquitoes have evolved physiologically and morphologically to tolerate salt-water habitats. Ecological Morphology also covers the history of the field, the role of the comparative method in studying adaptation, and the use of data from modern organisms for understanding the ecology of fossil communities.

This book provides an overview of the achievements and potential of ecological morphology for all biologists and students interested in the way animal design, ecology, and evolution interact.

Contents
Introduction
Concepts, Issues, and Approaches
Ecological and Evolutionary Inferences from Morphology: An Ecological Perspective
Functional Morphology as a Tool in Ecological Research
Adaptation, Constraint, and the Comparative Method: Phylogenetic Issues and Methods
Evaluating the Adaptive Role of Morphological Plasticity
Allometric Aspects of Predator-Prey Interactions
Ecomorphological Analysis of Fossil Vertebrates and Their Paleocommunities
Model Systems
Roles of Hydrodynamics in the Study of Wave-Swept Shores
Wing Design, Flight Performance, and Habitat Use in Bats
Ecological Morphology of Locomoter Performance in Squamate Reptiles
The Role of Physiological Capacity, Morphology, and Phylogeny in Determining Habitat Use in Mosquitoes
The Ecological Morphology of Metamorphosis: Heterochrony and the Evolution of Feeding Mechanisms in Salamanders
Conclusion: Ecological Morphology and the Power of Integration
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ISBN: 9780226869957
ISBN-10: 0226869954
Series: Studies in Communication, Media, and Public Opinion
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st January 1994
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.5  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 2