Herpetology encompasses the study of their body structure ( morphology and anatomy ), their life processes and behavior ( physiology and ethology ), their mode of development and inheritance ( embryology and genetics ), their tribal history, relationships and classification ( paleontology , phylogeny and taxonomy ) and their distribution , History of dispersal and environmental relations (faunistics, zoogeography and ecology ).
A person who studies the herpetofauna is a herpetologist.
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