Life History Patterns and Reproductive Biology of Neotropical Salamanders

  • Lynne D. Houck


The life cycles and reproductive biology of salamanders have been studied for over 75 years (e.g. Ritter and Miller 1899, Ritter 1903). Initial investigations have emphasized descriptive natural history (e.g. Blanchard 1928, Burger 1935, Lynn and Dent 1941, Pope and Pope 1951, Gordon 1952, Taub 1961), but more recent workers have attempted to understand and interpret life history phenomena in terms of the selective pressures bearing on salamander populations (e.g. Organ 1961, Tilley 1968, Bruce 1969, Salthe 1969, Highton 1970, Maiorana 1976). Implicit in this recent approach is the view that a life history pattern is a complex set of interdependent features representing an adaptive and dynamic compromise to pertinent selective pressures.


Clutch Size Sexual Maturity Life History Feature Life History Parameter Life History Pattern 
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  • Lynne D. Houck
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  1. 1.Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and Department of ZoologyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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