On the Sexual Behaviour of Paramesotriton caudopunctatus (LIU & Hu) (Amphibia: Caudata: Salamandridae)

in Amphibia-Reptilia
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Abstract

In its general pattern, courtship of Paramesotriton caudopunctatus is similar to that of Triturus species. The male courts a female by making fanning movements with his tail. When the female's response is positive, she follows the male. The male deposits a spermmass, which remains sticking to the cloaca of the female, when she creeps over it. P. caudopunctatus displays only one type of tailmovement: the'fanning'. The tip of the male's tail, which is marked with a bright spot, probably plays a role in courtship as a visual stimulator. At the time of oviposition the female's cloaca is swollen. The eggs are mounted in clefts and hollows in or between stones.

On the Sexual Behaviour of Paramesotriton caudopunctatus (LIU & Hu) (Amphibia: Caudata: Salamandridae)

in Amphibia-Reptilia

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