Dictionary > Herpetology

Herpetology

Definition
noun
The branch of zoology that deals with reptiles and amphibians
Supplement
Herpetology is a sub-discipline of zoology that deals with reptiles (e.g. snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises, amphisbaenids, crocodilians, and tuataras) and amphibians (e.g. frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, and caecilians). Herpetology has a sub-discipline, i.e. batrachology. The latter is concerned primarily with studying amphibians.
This branch of zoology conducts studies on these animals to understand their biology, ethology, ecology, evolution, and medical importance. The toxins and the venoms from certain species may be useful in human medicine. Certain venoms have been utilized as a source of anti-coagulants for managing and treating stroke and heart attacks.
Experts in this field are referred to as herpetologist. Some of the well-known experts in herpetology are as follows:

  • Jean Marius René Guibé: a French naturalist who was the first to describe species such as Anodonthyla rouxae, Boophis williamsi, Mantella nigricans, Mantidactylus klemmeri, Mantidactylus microtis, Platypelis milloti, Plethodontohyla minuta, Rhinoleptus, Stumpffia roseifemoralis, and so on.
  • Gabriel Bibron: a French hertpetologist who did classify a large number of reptile species.
  • Franz Werner, an Austrian zoologist specializing in herpetology and entomology, described numerous species and other taxa of frogs, snakes, insects, and other organisms.

Word origin: Greek herpetón (“reptile”) + –logie (study or work)
See also:

Related form(s):

  • herpetologist (noun)


    You will also like...

    Circulation
    Circulation

    The circulatory system is key to the transport of vital biomolecules and nutrients throughout the body. Learn about the ..

    dinosaurs
    The Dinosaurs

    Dinosaurs represented a major turn in the evolutionary development of organisms on Earth. The first dinosaurs were presu..

    Gibberellins and Gibberellic Acid
    Gibberellins and Gibberellic Acid

    This tutorial describes the role of gibberellin family in plants. Find out the effects of gibberellin on plant growth an..

    Lentic community
    Freshwater Communities & Lentic Waters

    Lentic or still water communities can vary greatly in appearance -- from a small temporary puddle to a large lake. The s..

    Independent Assortment and Crossing Over
    Independent Assortment and Crossing Over

    This tutorial describes the independent assortment of chromosomes and crossing over as important events in meiosis. Read..

    Sugar Homeostasis
    Sugar Homeostasis

    The blood sugar level is regulated by two hormones. The mechanism behind this type of negative feedback control is descr..