Notes on Reproduction in the Brownback Salamander (Eurycea aquatica)

Authors

  • Sean P. Graham Department of Biological Sciences, Auburn University
  • Elizabeth K. Timpe Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut
  • Shannon K. Hoss Department Biology, San Diego State University
  • Michael Alcorn Department of Biological Sciences, Auburn University
  • Jennifer Deitloff Department of Biological Sciences, Auburn University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17161/randa.v17i3.16108

Abstract

Life history data often are lacking for species with an uncertain taxonomic status. As phylogenetic analyses improve and our understanding of species boundaries become more refined, ecological information should likewise keep pace. Here, we report information on the timing of reproduction, clutch size, and nest attendance for the Brownback Salamander (Eurycea aquatica), a species recently documented to be a separate lineage after a long, controversial systematic history. We confirm that this species has the largest clutch size of any lineage within the Eurycea bislineata complex, and suggest that male and male-female nest attendance is not uncommon in this species. We suggest that, in addition to the genetic divergence documented between E. aquatica and other members of the E. bislineata complex, ecological differences also are present and possibly are influenced by the unique springs inhabited by Brownback Salamanders.

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Published

2010-09-01

How to Cite

Graham, S. P., Timpe, E. K., Hoss, S. K., Alcorn, M., & Deitloff, J. (2010). Notes on Reproduction in the Brownback Salamander (Eurycea aquatica). Reptiles & Amphibians, 17(3), 168–172. https://doi.org/10.17161/randa.v17i3.16108