Batrachology is the branch of zoology concerned with the study of amphibians including frogs and toads, salamanders, newts, and caecilians. It is a sub-discipline of herpetology, which includes also non-avian reptiles (snakes, lizards, amphisbaenids, turtles, terrapins, tortoises, crocodilians, and the tuatara). Batrachologists may study the evolution, ecology, ethology, or anatomy of amphibians.
Amphibians are cold blooded vertebrates largely found in damp habitats although many species have special behavioural adaptations that allow them to live in deserts, trees, underground and in regions with wide seasonal variations in temperature. There are over 7250 species of amphibians.
Notable batrachologists of history
- Jean Marius René Guibé
- Gabriel Bibron
- Oskar Boettger
- George Albert Boulenger
- Edward Drinker Cope
- François Marie Daudin
- Franz Werner
- "AmphibiaWeb". AmphibiaWeb. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
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