Scorpion Sheds ‘Tail’ to Escape: Consequences and Implications of Autotomy in Scorpions (Buthidae: Ananteris)

  title={Scorpion Sheds ‘Tail’ to Escape: Consequences and Implications of Autotomy in Scorpions (Buthidae: Ananteris)},
  author={C. Mattoni and Solimary Garc{\'i}a-Hern{\'a}ndez and Ricardo Botero-Trujillo and J. A. Ochoa and A. Ojanguren-Affilastro and R. Pinto-da-Rocha and L. Prendini},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  • C. Mattoni, Solimary García-Hernández, +4 authors L. Prendini
  • Published 2015
  • Biology, Medicine
  • PLoS ONE
  • Autotomy, the voluntary shedding or detachment of a body part at a determined cleavage plane, is a common anti-predation defense mechanism in several animal taxa, including arthropods. [...] Key Result The severed surface heals rapidly, scar tissue forming in five days. The lost metasomal segments and telson cannot be regenerated. Autotomy of the metasoma and telson results in permanent loss of the posterior part of the scorpion's digestive system (the anus is situated posteriorly on metasomal segment V) and…Expand Abstract
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