Double tailed newt

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Double tailed newt

Postby Alexandre Roux » Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:42 pm

Hi everybody,

Someone from my office sent me this picture of a double-tailed female Palmate newt found in France near Lyon.
Have you ever seen that? What do you think about the cause?

Thanks in advance

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Re: Double tailed newt

Postby Mario Schweiger » Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:26 pm

amphibians can replace lost part of their bodies quite easy.
Some examles:
http://www.californiaherps.com/behavior/salamanderlifehistorydefense.html scroll down to the end....
http://www.newiaudubon.org/salamander.htm
it looks like this is much less common than in Lacertidae, because of no tail autotomy in most salamanders and newts, only some exceptions, like Batrachoseps altasierrae in the first example
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Re: Double tailed newt

Postby Alexandre Roux » Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:46 pm

That was indeed, hypothesis number 1. Thanks for sharing these links ;)
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