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Hormones and Reproduction in Fishes, Amphibians, and Reptiles

  • David O. Norris
  • Richard E. Jones

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Elizabeth Adkins-Regan
    Pages 1-29
  3. Nancy Sherwood
    Pages 31-60
  4. Valdo Mazzi, Camillo Vellano
    Pages 87-115
  5. Giovanni Chieffi, Riccardo Pierantoni
    Pages 117-144
  6. Shuk-mei Ho
    Pages 145-169
  7. Yoshitaka Nagahama
    Pages 171-202
  8. Brian Lofts
    Pages 283-325
  9. Ian P. Callard, Gloria V. Callard
    Pages 355-384
  10. Joan M. Whittier, David Crews
    Pages 385-409
  11. John F. Leatherland
    Pages 411-431
  12. William A. Gern, Jeanne M. Nervina, Shelley S. Greenhouse
    Pages 433-460
  13. Neil Greenberg, John C. Wingfield
    Pages 461-503
  14. Frank L. Moore
    Pages 505-522
  15. Martin P. Schreibman, Henrietta Margolis-Nunno, Leslie Halpern-Sebold
    Pages 563-584
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 585-613

About this book

Introduction

Comparative endocrinology is one of the most rapidly developing subdis­ ciplines within the field of endocrinology, and it is having a significant impact on research at the molecular, cellular, organisma1 and environmental levels. Much of the current ferment in endocrinology is in reproductive endocrinology. The purpose of this volume on hormones and reproduction in fishes, amphibians and reptiles is to summarize our present understandings and to identify important research problems to be addressed in the area of comparative reproductive endocrinology. It was inspired by the gathering at Copper Mountain, Colorado, of eminent endocrine scientists from around the world on the occasion of the Tenth International Symposium on Comparative Endocrinology in July, 1985. While preparing for that meeting, we decided that a special volume on reproductive endocrinology was needed to summarize what is known and to stimulate research in particular directions. Why do we emphasize fishes, amphibians and reptiles? First, knowledge about the reproductive endocrinology of these ectothermic vertebrates can provide a clearer picture of the evolution of reproductive hormones and their effects on target organs. This comparative approach can lead to new theories about the evolution of reproductive control mechanisms. Second, studies concerning the reproductive endocrinology of "lower" vertebrates can result in development of "model systems" for application to studies of birds and mammals. Indeed, information about the patterns of reproductive control in ectothermic vertebrates can tell us which are evolutionarily stable and which are labile.

Keywords

Vertebrate amphibians development evolution mammals reptiles

Editors and affiliations

  • David O. Norris
    • 1
  • Richard E. Jones
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Comparative Endocrinology, Department of Environmental, Population and Organismic BiologyUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Laboratory of Comparative Reproduction, Department of Environmental, Population and Organismic BiologyUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA

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