Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Allometry and autotomy of the tail in the Golden-striped salamander, Chioglossa lusitanica

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Amphibia-Reptilia

The Golden-striped salamander (Chioglossa lusitanica) from the Iberian peninsula is characterised by the possession of a long tail which it can shed (autotomy). The allometric relationship of tail length and body length is described for larvae, juveniles and adult males and females, using modal values extracted from a large data set. Tail length increases non-lineary with body length and in adults the tail frequently exceeds twice the length of the body (i.e. tail-index > 2). The frequency of observed autotomy ranges from 6% to 33%. Differences are observed in tail-index and autotomy rates between life stages and sexes; differences are also observed between temporal and spatial subgroups. It is concluded that tail-length is an important demographic character in C. lusitanica. Comparisons are made with some American plethodontid salamanders to which C. lusitanica shows a striking morphological similarity.

Affiliations: 1: School of Biological Sciences, University College of North Wales, Bangor LL57 2UW, United Kingdom


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Amphibia-Reptilia — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation