Leave it all behind: a taxonomic perspective of autotomy in invertebrates

@article{Fleming2007LeaveIA,
  title={Leave it all behind: a taxonomic perspective of autotomy in invertebrates},
  author={P. Fleming and D. Muller and P. Bateman},
  journal={Biological Reviews},
  year={2007},
  volume={82}
}
Autotomy is defined herein as the shedding of a body part, where (1) the loss of the body part is defensive (autotomy helps prevent the whole animal from being compromised and is in response to external stimuli); (2) shearing occurs by an intrinsic mechanism along a breakage plane (there has been selection for certain body parts to be pulled off easily); and (3) the loss is controlled ‐ the animal moves away from the trapped limb, the loss is under some form of central control (neural or… Expand
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