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The present volume contains more than 900 publications, each of which has a bibliography of at least 100 references. This criterion is a purely formal one and does not reflect any subject-related evaluation. The aim of this secondary bibliography is to provide a bibliographical aid offering bibliographies on single subjects. Because of the criteria used it cannot give a complete overview of all subjects and biosystematic groups.
It includes bibliographies which are easily discernible as such by their titles/subtitles but also "cryptic" bibliographies. It covers separate publications, single chapters from extensive works, dissertations and publications in journals and serials.
The bibliography is arranged in alphabetical order by the family name of the first author or first editor. Supplements to the first volume on general herpetology, zoogeography, ecology, taxonomy (etc.) figure in the alphabetical list of authors without special indications. The corresponding subject can be derived from the appended key word.
The main part of the bibliography are to be found in the source section. The abbreviated name of the journal, the place of publication, number of volume/issue, pages is given for articles in journals. For dissertations, the reference includes the place of publication, the university and year and sometimes a reference to a subsequent publication.
In this second volume some chapters on physiological issues where included from handbooks and monographies from which chapters on morphology have already been cited in the first volume.
Two indices are provided: the Author Index and the Subject Index. The subject index offers a combination of a biosystematic category with a topical or geographical key word. Each element of this combination appears as an entry in the subject index.
The key words and the subject index were refined. Many topical terms are supplemented by an apposition which relates the term to the subjects of the 1. or 2. volume. Pure comments are appended, but if the apposition refers to a generic term, then a separate entry will exist.
For some topics with many entries the key words were supplemented by explanatory appositions. English key words were not consistently translated in to German, especially when they are close in the alphabetical order. In the second volume, all key words are to be found in the entries cited in the bibliographical section.