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Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species

Michael Lannoo


This book documents a major environmental crisis: rapidly declining amphibian populations and the developmental problems that are increasingly prevalent within many amphibian species. Horror stories on this topic have been featured in the scientific and popular press over the past fifteen years, invariably asking what amphibian declines are telling us about the state of the environment. Are declines harbingers of devastated ecosystems or simply weird reflections of a peculiar amphibian world? This compendium — presenting new data, reviews of current literature, and comprehensive species accoun ... More

Keywords: United States, environmental crisis, amphibians, population declines, environment, ecosystems, life history, natural history, conservation, monitoring

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780520235922
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520235922.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Lannoo, editor

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Part One Conservation Essays


Three Philosophy, Value Judgments, and Declining Amphibians

Sarah Aucoin, Robert G. Jaeger, and Steve Giambrone

Five Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force

W. Ronald Heyer, and James B. Murphy


Six Meeting the Challenge of Amphibian Declines with an Interdisciplinary Research Program

James P. Collins, Nicholas Cohen, Elizabeth W. Davidson, Joyce E. Davidson, and Andrew Storfer

Nine Decline of Northern Cricket Frogs (Acris crepitans)

Robert H. Gray, and Lauren E. Brown


Eleven Repercussions of Global Change

Jamie K. Reaser, and Blaustein Andrew

Thirteen Risk Factors and Declines in Northern Cricket Frogs (Acris crepitans)

Val R. Beasley, Sandra A. Faeh, Brigit Wikoff, Craig Staehle, Tim Halliday, Joyce Eisold, Donald Nichols, Rebecca Cole, Anna M. Schotthoefer, Martin Greenwell, and Lauren E. Brown

Fourteen Ultraviolet Radiation

Andrew R. Blaustein, and Lisa K. Belden

Fifteen Xenobiotics

Christine M. Bridges, and Raymond D. Semlitsch

Sixteen Variation in Pesticide Tolerance

Christine M. Bridges, and Raymond D. Semlitsch

Seventeen Lucké Renal Adenocarcinoma

Robert G. Mckinnell, and Debra L. Carlson

Twenty-Two Commercial Trade

Anthony B. Wilson


Twenty-Three Houston Toads and Texas Politics

Lauren E. Brown, and Ann Mesrobian

Twenty-Four Amphibian Conservation Needs

Edward D Koch, and Charles R. Peterson

Twenty-Five Amphibian Population Cycles and Long-Term Data Sets

Howard H Whiteman, and Scott A Wissinger

Twenty-Six Landscape Ecology

David E. Naugle, Kenneth F. Higgins, Rex R. Johnson, Tate D Fischer, and Frank R. Quamen

Twenty-Eight Lessons from the Tropics

Karen R. Lips, and Maureen A. Donnelly

Thirty-One Factors Limiting the Recovery of Boreal Toads (Bufo b. boreas)

Cynthia Carey, Paul Stephen Corn, Mark S. Jones, Lauren J. Livo, Erin Muths, and Charles W. Carey

Thirty-Three Amphibian Ecotoxicology

Raymond D. Semlitsch, and Christine M. Bridges

Thirty-Four Museum Collections

John W. Ferner, Jeffrey G. Davis, and Paul J. Krusling

Thirty-Five Critical Areas

Hugh R. Quinn, and Colleen Scott

Thirty-Eight Exotic Species

Walter E. Meshaka

Surveys and Monitoring

Forty-One Distribution of South Dakota Anurans

David E. Naugle, Tate D. Fischer, Kenneth F. Higgins, and Douglas C. Backlund

Forty-Six Evaluating Calling Surveys

Sam Droege, and Paige Eagle

Forty-Seven Geographical Information Systems and Survey Designs

Charles R. Peterson, Stephen R. Burton, and Debra A. Patla

Forty-Nine Monitoring Pigment Pattern Morphs of Northern Leopard Frogs

Robert G. Mckinnell, David M. Hoppe, and Beverly K. Mckinnell


Fifty The National Amphibian Conservation Center

Andrew T. Snider, and Elizabeth Arbaugh

A Perspective

Part Two Species Accounts


Michael Lannoo, Alisa L. Gallant, Priya Nanjappa, Laura Blackburn, and Russell Hendricks


Michael Lannoo, Alisa L. Gallant, Priya Nanjappa, Laura Blackburn, and Russell Hendricks


Michael Lannoo, Alisa L. Gallant, Priya Nanjappa, Laura Blackburn, and Russell Hendricks

EPILOGUE: Factors Implicated in Amphibian Population Declines in the United States

Michael Lannoo, Alisa L. Gallant, Priya Nanjappa, Laura Blackburn, and Russell Hendricks


Michael Lannoo, Alisa L. Gallant, Priya Nanjappa, Laura Blackburn, and Russell Hendricks

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