"Time is a river ... and books are boats. Many volumes start down that stream, only to be wrecked and lost beyond recal in its sands. Only a few, a very few, endure the testings of time and live to bless the ages following." (Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol, 2009)

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"There has been no work comparable to this in any language." (Garth Underwood, British Journal of Herpetology)


In the two bibliographies (1996 and the 2006 "Bibliotheca Cordyliformium") are no general information about the content of the series entitled BIOLOGY OF THE REPTILIA, because not all volumes were available to me, and the issues were not completely published. Now, after more than a year of searching (and spending a lot of money) I'm able to close this gap. On this site I will give you a review of the Cordyliformes mentioned in the 22 volumes of the BIOLOGY OF THE REPTILIA by evaluating each subject-index.

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Abbreviation: p - page(s); f - following pages; fig - figure   |   Thanks to Christopher J. Bell (Austin, Texas) and Tim Cramer (Cologne) for their contribution.

Further reading: James B. Murphy, in: "Updating the Bookshelves Part III: Important Herpetological Books Appearing During the Last Two Decades, ... 'Biology of the Reptilia' ...". – Herpetological Review, 40 (1), 2009, 17-18.
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Volume 1 – Morphology A  [1969]

Carl Gans, Angus d'A. Bellairs & Thomas S. Parsons (eds), Academic Press, London and New York, xvi + 373pp.
  • Chapter 3 by R. Wheeler Haines (Epiphyses and Sesamoids): Pseudocordylus [p101]
  • Chapter 4 by A. G. Edmund (Dentition): Cordylidae, Gerrhosauridae, Gerrhosaurus validus (fig), Cordylus cataphractus, C. giganteus, Gerrhosaurus major grandis, Platysaurus guttatus, Pseudocordylus microlepidotus, Zonosaurus ornatus [p167f]
  • Chapter 5 by Robert Hoffstetter & Jean-Pierre Gasc (Vertebrae and Rips of Modern Reptiles): Cordylidae, Chamaesaura, Gerrhosauridae, Tetradactylus, Cordylus (fig), Zonosaurus (fig), Pseudocordylus, Gerrhosaurus flavigularis (fig) [p242-270]

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Volume 2 – Morphology B  [1970]

Carl Gans & Thomas S. Parsons (eds), Academic Press, London and New York, xii + 374pp.
  • Chapter 1 by Garth Underwood (The Eye): Cordylidae [p13], Gerrhosauridae, Cordylus, C. giganteus (fig), Platysaurus, Gerrhosaurus, Zonosaurus [p27-31]
  • Chapter 2 by Thomas S. Parsons (The Nose and Jacobson's Organ): Cordylus, Gerrhosaurus, Platysaurus [p120], cordylids [p132], Cordylidae [p139], cordylids [p178]
  • Chapter 3 by Irwin L. Baird (The Anatomy of the Reptilian Ear): Cordylidae (fig) [p240f], Cordylidae, Gerrhosaurus, Cordylus, Chamaesaura, Cordylus cataphractus, C. vittifer, C. warreni, Platysaurus minor [p245f], Cordylus cataphractus [p267]

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Volume 3 – Morphology C [1970]

Carl Gans & Thomas S. Parsons (eds), Academic Press, London and New York, xiv + 385pp.
  • Chapter 1 by Herbert C. Dessauer (Blood Chemistry of Reptiles: Physiological and Evolutionary Aspects): Cordylus cataphractus [p9], Cordylus giganteus (fig) [p28], Cordylidae [p31]
  • Chapter 2 by Marie-Charlotte Saint Girons (Morphology of the Circulating Blood Cells): Cordylus vittifer [p75, 77, 83], C. cordylus [p77], Cordylidae (fig) [p80f], Cordylus [p86f]
  • Chapter 3 by R. Duguy (Numbers of Blood Cells and Their Variation): Cordylus vittifer [p96, 98-104]
  • Chapter 5 by Hubert Saint Girons (The Pituitary Gland): Cordylidae and Gerrhosauridae [p136, 145f, 151, 154, 174]
  • Chapter 6 by W. Gardner Lynn (The Thyroid): Cordylidae [p205]
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Volume 4 – Morphology D [1973]

Carl Gans & Thomas S. Parsons (eds), Academic Press, London and New York, xii + 539pp.
  • Chapter 5 by Georg Haas (Muscles of the Jaws and Associated Structures in the Rhynchocephalia and Squamata): Cordylidae [p289, 368-370, 418, 420], Gerrhosauridae [p316, 418], Cordylus, Gerrhosaurus, Cordylus giganteus (fig), Chamaesaura macrolepis (fig), Cordylus cordylus (fig) [p368-370], Gerhosaurus [p418], Chamaesaura anguina, Ch. macrolepis, Cordylus cordylus, C. giganteus, C. polyzonus, Gerrhosaurus major zechi [p479]
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Volume 5 – Physiology A [1976]

Carl Gans & William R. Dawson (eds), Academic Press, London and New York, xv + 556pp.
  • Chapter 5 by F. N. White (Circulation): Gerrhosauridae [p172]
  • Chapter 7 by William A. Dunson (Salt Glands in Reptiles): Cordylidae [p423]
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Volume 6 – Morphology E [1976]

Carl Gans & Thomas S. Parsons (eds), Academic Press, London and New York, xiii + 505pp.
  • Chapter 2 by Thomas S. Parsons & John E. Cameron (Internal Relief of the Digestive Tract): Cordylus cordylus, Cordylus giganteus [p177-179, 182, 185, 188]
  • Chapter 3 by H. Luppa (Histology of the Digestive Tract): Cordylus giganteus (fig) of intestine [p273], Cordylus [p288]
  • Chapter 4 by Gaetano Ottaviani & Antonio Tazzi (The Lymphatic System): Cordylus cataphractus (fig) of lung [p432]
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Volume 7 – Ecology and Behaviour A [1977]

Carl Gans & Donald W. Tinkle (eds), Academic Press, London and New York, xvi + 720pp.
  • Chapter 4 by Frederick B. Turner (The Dynamics of Populations of Squamates, Crocodilians and Rhynchocephalians): Cordylus cordylus [p164, 262]
  • Chapter 5 by J. A. Stamps (Social Behavior and Spacing Patterns in Lizards): Cordylidae [p300, 318], Cordylus cataphractus [p300, 312]
  • Chapter 6 by Charles C. Carpenter & Gary W. Ferguson (Variation and Evolution of Stereotyped Behavior in Reptiles): Cordylus cataphractus (fig) defensive posture [p368]
  • Chapter 6 B by Gary W. Ferguson (Variation and Evolution of Stereotyped Behavior in Reptiles): Cordylidae, Cordylus cataphractus, C. cordylus, C. giganteus, C. vittifer, Gerrhosaurus major, Platysaurus mitchelli [p494f]
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Volume 8 – Physiology B [1978]

Carl Gans & K. A. Gans (eds), Academic Press, London and New York, xiii + 782pp.
  • Chapter 2 by Elazar Kochva (Oral Glands of the Reptilia): Cordylidae, Gerrhosauridae [p46], Cordylus cordylus (fig) [p64]
  • Chapter 6 by Rafal Skoczylas (Physiology of the Digestive Tract): Cordylus giganteus [p632, 680], Cordylidae, Gerrhoasuridae [p634, 680], Cordylus spec., Cordylus cordylus, Gerrhosaurus flavigularis [p680]
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Volume 9 – Neurology A [1979]

Carl Gans, R. Glenn Northcutt & Philip Ulinski (eds), Academic Press, London and New York, xvi + 462pp.
  • Chapter 1 by D. Starck (Cranio-Cerebral Relations in Recent Reptiles): Cordylidae [p8], Gerrhosaurus [p14]
  • Chapter 3 by Roland Platel (Brain Weight - Body Weight Relationships): Cordylus cordylus, Zonosaurus quadrilineatus, Zonosaurus maximus [p157], Cordylidae, Gerrhosauridae [p161-163]
  • Chapter 5 by W. B. Quay (The Parietal Eye - Pineal Complex): Cordylus polyzonus [p252], Gerrhosaurus nigrolineatus and Zonosaurus madagascariensis [p333, 336f, fig], Cordylidae [p338]
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Volume 10 – Neurology B [1979]

Carl Gans, R. Glenn Northcutt & Philip Ulinski (eds), Academic Press, London and New York, xiii + 388pp.
  • Chapter 5 by Martin Ernst Schwab (Variation in the Rhombencephalon): species examined: Cordylus cordylus, Gerrhosaurus nigrolineatus, G. validus, Platysaurus guttatus [p203], several figs (distribution of the cells of the mesencephalic trigeminal nucleus) of Cordylus cordylus, Gerrhosaurus nigrolineatus, Platysaurus guttatus, Gerrhosaurus validus [p228]
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Volume 11 – Morphology F [1981]

Carl Gans & Thomas S. Parsons (eds), Academic Press, London and New York, xi + 475pp.
  • Chapter 1 by A. d'A. Bellairs & A. M. Kamal (The Chondrocranium and the Development of the Skull in Recent Reptiles): Cordylidae, Chamaesaura anguina, Cordylus, Cordylus polyzonus, Gerrhosaurus, Gerrhosaurus major [p70, 71]
  • Chapter 3 by J.-P. Gasc (Axial Musculature): Cordylidae, Chamaesaura anguina, Cordylus jonesii, Platysaurus intermedius, Gerrhosauridae, Tetradactylus tetradyctylus, Zonosaurus madagascariensis [p 357]
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Volume 12 – Physiology C, Physiological Ecology [1982]

Carl Gans & F. Harvey Pough (eds), Academic Press, London and New York, xv + 536pp.
  • Chapter 4 by R. A. Avery (Field Studies of Body Temperatures and Thermoregulation): Cordylidae [p99], Gerrhosaurus flavigularis [p108]
  • Chapter 6 by Bruce T. Firth & J. Scott Turner (Sensory, Neural, and Hormonal Aspects of Thermoregulation): Cordylus polyzonus [p253]
  • Chapter 8 by John E. Minnich (The Use of Water): Cordylidae [p379]
  • Chapter 10 by William J. Mautz (Patterns of Evaporative Water Loss): Cordylus giganteus [p457], Gerrhosauridae [p472]
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Volume 13 – Physiology D, Physiological Ecology [1982]

Carl Gans & F. Harvey Pough (eds), Academic Press, London and New York, xiii + 345pp.
  • no Cordyliformes
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Volume 14 – Development A [1985]

Carl Gans, Frank Billett & Paul F. A. Maderson (eds), John Wiley & Sons, New York [...], xiii + 763pp.
  • Chapter 2 by Jean Hubert (Origin and Development of Oocytes): Chamaesaura anguina [p48]
  • Chapter 8 by E. L. Cooper, A. E. Klempau & A. G. Zapata (Reptilian Immunity): Cordylus vittifer [p604, 613]
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Volume 15 – Development B [1985]

Carl Gans & Frank Billett (eds), John Wiley & Sons, New York [...], xi + 731pp.
  • Chapter 3 by A. Raynaud (Development of Limbs and Embryonic Limb Reduction): cordylids [p84], Chamaesaura [p122]
  • Chapter 5 by A. d'A. Bellairs & S. V. Bryant (Autotomy and Regeneration in Reptile): Cordylidae, Gerrhosauridae, Gerrhosaurus, Tetradactylus, Cordylus, Chamaesaura [p325], Cordylidae, Cordylus [p333], Cordylidae [p340]
  • Chapter 8 by Richard Shine (The Evolution of Viviparity in Reptiles: An Ecological Analysis): Platysaurus [p614], Cordylidae, Gerrhosauridae [p629], Cordylidae [p663f, 667-669, 674], Chamaesaura [p676]
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Volume 16 – Ecology B, Defense and Life History [1987]

Carl Gans & Raymond B. Huey (eds), Alan R. Liss Inc., New York, xi + 659pp.
  • Chapter 1 by Harry W. Greene (Antipredator Mechanisms in Reptiles): cordylids, Cordylus cataphractus, Gerrhosaurus major [p35], Cordylus cataphractus [p54, 58, 138], Gerrhosaurus spec., G. major, G. multilineatus, G. nigrolineatus, G. validus, Pseudocordylus spec., P. melanotus [p115], Cordylus warreni, Gerrhosaurus flavigularis, G. major, G. vallidus, Platysaurus intermedius [p138]
  • Chapter 4 by Richard Shine (Parental Care in Reptiles): Cordylidae [p294]
  • Chapter 7 by Arthur E. Dunham, Donald B. Miles & David N. Reznick (Life History Patterns in Squamate Reptiles): Cordylidae [p454]
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Volume 17 – Neurology C, Sensorimotor Integration [1992]

Carl Gans & Philip S. Ulinski (eds), University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London, viii + 781pp.
  • Chapter 3 by Jacques Repérant, Jean-Paul Rio, Roger Ward, Stéphane Hergueta, Dom Miceli & Michel Lemire (Comparative Analysis of the Primary Visual System of Reptiles): cordylids, gerrhosaurids, Zonosaurus madagascariensis [p208], Cordylus cordylus, Gerrhosaurus validus, Platysaurus intermedius, Zonosaurus madagascariensis [p223-225]
  • Chapter 8 by Anton J. Reiner (Neuropeptides in the Nervous System): Cordylus nigra [sic; Cordylus niger, p605]
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Volume 18 – Physiology E, Hormones, Brain, and Behavior [1992]

Carl Gans & David Crews (eds), University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London, xi + 564pp.
  • Chapter 3 by Joan M. Whittier & Richard R. Tokarz (Physiological Regulation of Sexual Behavior in Female Reptiles): Cordylus cordylus niger [p46]
  • Chapter 7 by Mimi Halpern (Nasal Chemical Sense in Reptiles: Structure and Function): Gerrhosaurus, Cordylus [p437]
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Volume 19 – Morphology G, Visceral Organs [1998]

Carl Gans & Abbot S. Gaunt (eds), Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Ithaca, New York, xiii + 660pp.
  • Chapter 1 by Steven F. Perry (Lungs: Comparative Anatomy, Functional Morphology, and Evolution): Cordylidae [p21], cordylids, gerrhosaurids, Gerrhosaurus major [p28, 79], cordylids [p41]
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Volume 20 – Morphology H, The Skull of Lepidosauria [2008]

Carl Gans, Abbot S. Gaunt & Kraig Adler (eds), Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Ithaca, New York, xi + 755pp.
  • Chapter 1 by Susan E. Evans (The Skull of Lizards and Tuatara): cordylids [p57, 137, 150-158, 162, 164, 169, 171f, 184, 247, 253ff, 260, 264, 266, 269ff, 273, 285], gerrhosaurids [p148], Chamaesaura [p150-158], Cordylus [p151-158], Pseudocordylus [p152-158], Gerrhosaurus albigularis [ (?) p151, fig], Angolosaurus [p151-158], Platysaurus [p152-158], Cordylus giganteus [p152-158, fig], Zonosaurus [p153-158], Gerrhosaurus [p153-158], Gerrhosaurus spec. [fig], Gerrhosaurus major [p157], all taxa mentioned [p299], original specimens examined: Cordylus cataphractus, C. giganteus, Platysaurus intermedius, Pseudocordylus microlepidotus, Chamaesaura anguina, Gerrhosaurus spec., G. flavigularis, G. major, Zonosaurus madagascariensis [p307]
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Volume 21 – Morphology I, The Skull and Appendicular Locomotor Apparatus of Lepidosauria [2008]

Carl Gans, Abbot S. Gaunt & Kraig Adler (eds), Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Ithaca, New York, vii + 781pp.
  • Chapter 1 by Anthony P. Russell & Aaron M. Bauer (The Appendicular Locomotor Apparatus of Sphenodon and Normal-limbed Squamates): Cordyliformes [p7, 17, 58, 80, 124, 153, 199, 278], species examined: Cordylus cataphractus, C. cordylus, C. giganteus, C. peersi [p7], Cordylidae [p14, 89, 96, 108 (table), 398f, 404 (table phalangeal formula for Chamaesaura, Gerrhosaurus, Zonosaurus)], Tetradactylus [p60, 122, 165], Chamaesaura anguina [p141], Zonosaurus [p155, 301], Cordylus [p275, 288, 298, 301, 307]
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Volume 22 – Comprehensive Literature of the Reptilia [2010]

Carl Gans & Kraig Adler (eds), compiler for this volume Ernest A. Liner, foreword by Harry W. Greene, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Ithaca, New York, xx + 1366pp.
  • Table of Contents to Entire Series, List of Contributors in Entire Series, References Cited in Entire Series (about 1.000 pages), Subject Index to Entire Series (about 360 pages).
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