The costs of autotomy and regeneration in animals: a review and framework for future research

@article{Maginnis2006TheCO,
  title={The costs of autotomy and regeneration in animals: a review and framework for future research},
  author={T. Maginnis},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology},
  year={2006},
  volume={17},
  pages={857-872}
}
Many organisms have the ability to shed an appendage (autotomy) to escape a predator or fouled molting event. Despite its immediate advantage on survivorship, autotomy can have important consequences for locomotion, foraging, survivorship, and/or reproduction. Thus, regeneration is a way that animals alleviate some of the costs associated with losing an appendage. Like autotomy, however, appendage regeneration can have important consequences for a variety of aspects of fitness; in a wide range… Expand

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