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pdf 04. Notes on the life history and reproductive behaviour of Cynops eniscauda popei (Amphibia Salamandridae)

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pp.310-315

Authors: Max Sparreboom And Hidetoshi Ota

Abstract: Field observations of the sword-tailed newt, Cynops ensicauda popei (Inger 1 947), have yielded preliminary data on life-history traits and reproductive behaviour. In April 1 993 the animals were abundant in the breeding ponds and on land. Compared to European species of Triturus, this species has an extended breeding season. Few of the observed courtship encounters progressed to the spermatophore transfer phase. Competitive encounters were frequent. The sexual behaviour of Cynops ensicauda popei is characterised by a short duration of display behaviour and a small repertoire of courtship behaviour patterns. The reproductive behaviour is compared to that of related salamandrids.

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