The Evolution of Courtship Behavior in New World Salamanders with Some Comments on Old World Salamandrids

  • Stevan J. Arnold


Salamander courtship has been the subject of several recent reviews (Joly 1966; Organ and Organ 1968; Salthe 1967; Salthe and Mecham 1974). These reviews introduce the reader to the extensive descriptive literature on salamander courtship and provide some interesting speculations about the phylogeny of sexual behavior. Since macroevolution of salamander courtship has been reviewed recently, I will focus, instead, on the sexual dynamics of populations and on the selective pressures that stabilize and direct the course of behavioral evolution.


Courtship Behavior Sperm Transfer Plethodontid Salamander Mental Gland Genial Gland 
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  • Stevan J. Arnold
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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