Tail autotomy, functional conflicts and their resolution by a salamander

@article{Maiorana1977TailAF,
  title={Tail autotomy, functional conflicts and their resolution by a salamander},
  author={Virginia C. Maiorana},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1977},
  volume={265},
  pages={533-535}
}
IF an organ serves several functions, two or more of these may conflict at times in their contribution to the immediate fitness of the organism. Among lower invertebrates the tail is commonly used as a defence against predators but it has other functions such as fat storage, locomotion, respiration and courtship. Experiments have shown that tail loss can depress reproductive output in lizards1,2, but this has not been reported for natural populations. Data reported here suggest that loss of the… Expand
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