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Title

Evidence of tail autotomy in the European plethodontid Hydromantes (Atylodes) genei (Temmick and Schlegel, 1838) (Amphibia: Urodela: Plethodontidae)

AuthorsRomano, Antonio; Carranza, Salvador
KeywordsAutotomy
Hydromantes
Plethodontid
Issue Date2010
PublisherFirenze University Press
CitationActa Herpetologica 5(2): 199-205 (2010)
AbstractCaudal autotomy is a defensive mechanism widely adopted by lungless salamanders (Plethodontidae) from the New World. In contrast, in Europe, this mechanism was not described until very recently for just one Sardinian species, Hydromantes (Speleomantes) sarrabusensis. We report on tail autotomy observed in another species from the same island, Hydromantes (Atylodes) genei. In Europe, self-amputation of the tail seems to be restricted to some plethodontids inhabiting Sardinia, while continental species do not exhibit analogous antipredator strategies.
Description7 páginas, 1 figura.
Publisher version (URL)http://www.fupress.net/index.php/ah/article/view/9041
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/43602
ISSN1827-9635
E-ISSN1827-9643
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