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The Tadpoles of Bufo cognatus Say   By: (1912-)

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The Tadpoles of Bufo cognatus Say by Hobart M. Smith is a thoroughly researched and comprehensive exploration of the life and development of Bufo cognatus tadpoles. Smith's expertise in herpetology shines through every page, providing readers with a wealth of information about the tadpoles' biology, behavior, and ecological significance.

One of the most commendable aspects of this book is the author's ability to present complex scientific concepts in an accessible way. Despite the niche subject matter, Smith's writing is engaging and easily understood by both scientific researchers and casual readers interested in the natural world. The author takes great care to define technical terms and properly explain the tadpoles' morphological and physiological adaptations, making the book approachable to readers from various educational backgrounds.

Smith's attention to detail is remarkable, as he leaves no stone unturned in his exploration of Bufo cognatus tadpoles. From their habit preferences and feeding habits to their unique survival strategies and interactions with other species, every aspect of their lives is examined thoroughly. The inclusion of numerous photographs and illustrations further enhances the reader's understanding, allowing for visual comparison and appreciation of the tadpoles' defining features.

In addition to its scientific content, The Tadpoles of Bufo cognatus Say also offers valuable insights into the importance of amphibians within ecosystems. Smith emphasizes how tadpoles contribute to nutrient cycling, influence water quality, and play a role in food webs, highlighting the interconnectedness of all living organisms. These broader ecological perspectives make the book an invaluable resource for environmentalists and conservationists.

While the book excels in its scientific approach, some readers may find the level of detail overwhelming or too specialized for their interests. Certain sections, particularly those focusing on taxonomy and anatomical descriptions, may be less engaging for casual readers seeking a more general overview of tadpole biology. However, for those with a specific interest in amphibians or herpetology, this book provides an in-depth examination of Bufo cognatus tadpoles rarely found elsewhere.

In conclusion, The Tadpoles of Bufo cognatus Say is a meticulously researched and informative work that offers a comprehensive exploration of the fascinating world of tadpoles. Through Hobart M. Smith's expertise and accessible writing style, readers are provided with a valuable resource on the biology, behavior, and ecological significance of Bufo cognatus tadpoles. Whether for scientific study or personal interest, this book is an excellent choice for anyone wanting to delve into the captivating world of tadpole biology.

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The Tadpoles of Bufo cognatus Say

BY HOBART M. SMITH

University of Kansas Publications Museum of Natural History

Volume 1, No. 3, pp. 93 96, 1 figure in text

August 15, 1946

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS LAWRENCE 1946

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS PUBLICATIONS, MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Editors: E. Raymond Hall, Chairman, Donald S. Farner, Donald F. Hoffmeister

Volume 1, No. 3, pp. 93 96

Published August 15, 1946

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS Lawrence, Kansas

PRINTED BY FERD VOILAND, JR., STATE PRINTER TOPEKA, KANSAS 1946

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The Tadpoles of Bufo cognatus Say

By

HOBART M. SMITH

The tadpoles of this species have been described by Bragg (Copeia, 1936: 14 20, figs. 1 13; Amer. Midl. Nat., 18:273 284, figs. 1 5, 1937). The drawings and descriptions of the mouthparts, however, appear to have been taken from dried, or immature, or transforming individuals, for they do not agree among themselves nor do they agree with larvae obtained in the field and now in the Museum of Natural History of the University of Kansas.

At hand are two series of tadpoles of this species; one series was collected July 2, 1938, 1.5 miles east of Meade County State Park, Kansas, and the other lacks data. The second lot contains numerous sizes of tadpoles from 14 mm. to 31 mm., and several transforming specimens which clearly possess the pattern so typical of this species... Continue reading book >>




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