Integrative biology of tail autotomy in lizards.

  title={Integrative biology of tail autotomy in lizards.},
  author={Timothy E Higham and Anthony P Russell and Peter A. Zani},
  journal={Physiological and biochemical zoology : PBZ},
  volume={86 6},
Self-amputation (autotomy) of the tail is essential for the survival of many lizards. Accordingly, it has garnered the attention of scientists for more than 200 years. Several factors can influence the release of the tail, such as the size, sex, and age of the lizard; type of predator; ecology; and evolutionary history of the lineage. Once lost, the tail will writhe for seconds to minutes, and these movements likely depend on the size and physiology of the tail, habitat of the lizard, and… CONTINUE READING

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