Miniaturization and its effects on cranial morphology in plethodontid salamanders , genus Thorius ( Amphibia : Plethodontidae )

@inproceedings{Hanken1983MiniaturizationAI,
  title={Miniaturization and its effects on cranial morphology in plethodontid salamanders , genus Thorius ( Amphibia : Plethodontidae )},
  author={James Hanken},
  year={1983}
}
Cranial skeletal morphology, ontogeny and variation are examined in five species of Thorim, a genus of diminutive plethodontid salamanders that are among the smallest, extant, tailed tetrapods. The akull of adult 'Thhoriu~ is characterized by: (1) limited development or absence of several ossified clemrnts and dentition; (2) increased interand intraspecifir variability; (3) novel morphological ronfigurations of the braincase and jaw suspensorium. Posthatching cranial mineralization in all… CONTINUE READING