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Comparative Anatomy and Physiology of Chemical Senses in Nonavian Aquatic Reptiles

Kurt Schwenk

in Sensory Evolution on the Threshold

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780520252783
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934122 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252783.003.0005
Comparative Anatomy and Physiology of Chemical Senses in Nonavian Aquatic Reptiles

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This chapter presents a comparative study of the structure and function of chemical senses of nonavian aquatic reptiles such as turtles, crocodylians (crocodiles and alligators), squamates (lizards and snakes), fossil aquatic reptiles (mosasaurs, phytosaurs, and plesiosaurs), and other aquatic mesozoic reptiles. It also examines the functional and evolutionary patterns of chemosensory adaptations to aquatic environments.

Keywords: chemical senses; nonavian aquatic reptiles; turtles; crocodylians; squamates; mosasaurs; phytosaurs; plesiosaurs; chemosensory adaptations

Chapter.  8980 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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