In the edible crab, however, induced autotomy
, which results in a clean severance of the limb without damage to the adjacent exoskeleton, does not cause physiological stress (Patterson et al.
Geckos: adaptive significance and energetics of tail autotomy
Size-related aspects of arm damage, tissue mechanics, and autotomy
in the starfish Asterias rubens.
Long-term and intensive studies at several sites in Victoria have recorded many skinks that had experienced autotomy
, but very few were found with multiple regrowing tails.
In Nairobi, Seifert was able to document the first known case of skin autotomy
in a mammal.
The process of total tail autotomy
in the South American rodent Proechimys.
As such, it is important to identify the selective pressures for autotomy
in this group.
Chapple DG and Swain R (2002) Distribution of energy reserves in a viviparous skink: Does tail autotomy
involve the Loss of lipid stores?
of limbs stimulates ecdysis (molt), and it is difficult to assess whether changes in molt are due to this physiologic response or to PAH effects.
Because red king crabs can autotomize (drop) injured legs, crabs with a fresh autotomy
were classified separately from those with other leg injuries.
The influence of tail autotomy
on agonistic behaviour in a territorial salamander.
Although these performance variables are not likely to affect fitness in Batrachoseps, which defends itself from predators with tail autotomy
, differences in number of trunk vertebrae in Batrachoseps may have arisen via natural selection on some other correlated trait.