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A multi-year and multi-site population study on the life history of Salamandrina perspicillata (Savi, 1821) (Amphibia, Urodela)

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We studied nine populations of Salamandrina perspicillata for two to nine years and described the life history variation among these population. Despite experiencing similar climatic conditions, populations differed in mean body size: populations using still water bodies for oviposition were larger body-sized than those using brooks. One semi-natural pond was used by particularly small individuals and was probably recently colonised. The mean body size of ovipositing females varied from year to year. Measurements of individuals in successive years showed that the tail grew more than the trunk and this differential growth increased with age. Females did not oviposit every year and, within a given population, the number of ovipositing females varied widely from year to year.

Affiliations: 1: Dipartimento di Biologia Animale e dell'Uomo, Università "La Sapienza", viale dell'Università 32, 00185 Roma, Italy;, Email:; 2: Strada dei Benedettini 10, 05100 Terni, Italy; 3: Dipartimento di Biologia Animale e dell'Uomo, Università "La Sapienza", viale dell'Università 32, 00185 Roma, Italy


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