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Title: A New Species of Skin-Feeding Caecilian and the First Report of Reproductive Mode in 'Microcaecilia' (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Siphonopidae)
Contributor(s): Wilkinson, Mark (author); Sherratt, Emma (author); Starace, Fausto (author); Gower, David J (author)
Publication Date: 2013
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0057756Open Access Link
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/17802
Abstract: A new species of siphonopid caecilian, 'Microcaecilia dermatophaga' sp. nov., is described based on nine specimens from French Guiana. The new species is the first new caecilian to be described from French Guiana for more than 150 years. It differs from all other 'Microcaecilia' in having fewer secondary annular grooves and/or in lacking a transverse groove on the dorsum of the first collar. Observations of oviparity and of extended parental care in 'M. dermatophaga' are the first reproductive mode data for any species of the genus. 'Microcaecilia dermatophaga' is the third species, and represents the third genus, for which there has been direct observation of young animals feeding on the skin of their attending mother. The species is named for this maternal dermatophagy, which is hypothesised to be characteristic of the Siphonopidae.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: PLoS One, 8(3), p. 1-11
Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1932-6203
Field of Research (FOR): 060301 Animal Systematics and Taxonomy
060809 Vertebrate Biology
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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