Some specific features of tail regeneration in the sand lizard (Lacerta agilis)

Some specific features of tail regeneration in the sand lizard (Lacerta agilis) Russian Journal of Ecology, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2000, pp. 66-68. Translated from Ekologiya, No. 1, 2000,pp. 74-76. Original Russian Text Copyright 9 2000 by Klutbibullin. SHORT COMMUNICATIONS Some Specific Features of Tail Regeneration in the Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis ) V. F. Khabibullin Bashkortostan State University, ul. Frunze 32, Ufa, 450074 Bashkortostan, Russia Received January 6, 1999 Some species of reptiles are capable of casting away removal in Uta stansburiana decreased the status of their tails in case of danger, the tails being regenerated males and females. When the tail was regenerated arti- in part afterwards. Natural populations of these species ficially (adhesion of the removed part preserved in a almost always include individuals with autotomized frozen state), the social status of females was recovered, tails. One of the principal factors that govern the pro- but not that of males. Thus, the social role of the tail is portion of individuals with regenerated tails is the pred- more strongly pronounced in Uta females (Fox et al., ator pressure. As a rule, for most predators, reptiles 1990), which poses the problem of studying sexual dis- tinctions in the frequency of autotomy in natural popu- serve as an additional (secondary) Russian Journal of Ecology Springer Journals

Some specific features of tail regeneration in the sand lizard (Lacerta agilis)

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