toxicology: challenges and opportunities on the last frontier in vertebrate
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the wake of a changing global environment, reptile populations, like those
of other vertebrates, appear to be declining . The Partners in Amphibian
and Reptile Conservation recently identified six major threats to reptile
populations, most of which were anthropogenic in nature . Environmental
pollutants were among the threats identified, but little empirical evidence
currently exists to document the frequency and severity of their contamination.
Although reptiles surely face a multitude of challenges when exposed to
chemicals in the environment, they have remained poorly studied in ecotoxicology.
Therefore, the purpose of this letter is to identify reptiles as grossly
underexamined vertebrate taxa that deserve immediate attention from ecotoxicologists.
In addition, this letter will discuss the biological traits that make
reptiles excellent study organisms for certain ecotoxicological investigations
and future research priorities and challenges in reptile toxicology. .
W. A. 2000. Reptile toxicology: challenges and opportunities on the last
frontier in vertebrate ecotoxicology. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
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