A quantitative field study of paternal care in Ozark hellbenders, North America’s giant salamanders

@article{Settle2018AQF,
  title={A quantitative field study of paternal care in Ozark hellbenders, North America’s giant salamanders},
  author={Rachel A. Settle and Jeffrey T. Briggler and A. Mathis},
  journal={Journal of Ethology},
  year={2018},
  volume={36},
  pages={235-242}
}
Paternal care is relatively uncommon in tetrapods but appears to be the rule in the large aquatic salamanders of the primitive family Cryptobranchidae (North America: hellbenders, genus Cryptobranchus; Asia: giant salamanders, genus Andrias. [...] Key Method We quantified behavior of a guarding male hellbender from video footage collected over 6 weeks in 2008 from a naturally occurring nest. We quantified behavior of the guarding male to help develop hypotheses about costs and benefits of paternal care…Expand

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