Masters Theses

Title

Caudal autotomy in West Indian Amphisbaena

Author

Hugo Alamillo

Abstract

"The family Amphisbaenidae is comprised of eighteen genera and over 130 species. Members of this family are distributed throughout the Greater Antilles, South America East of the Andes, slightly north of the African equator to South Africa, throughout the straight of Gibraltar including Morocco, Spain, and Portugal, and the upper Middle East. For this study I cleared and stained and serial sectioned West Indian Amphisbaena specimens to address several questions about the unique tail autotomy system found in this group. My primary goal was to describe in detail the osteological structures and musculature involved in autotomy of the tail. I also address questions of regeneration in these lizards. Additionally, I address issues of autotomic vertebra evolution in light of past work and recent published phylogenies of these reptiles or those that have included them as part of a sampling for squamate phylogeny"--Abstract, leaf iii.

Department(s)

Biological Sciences

Degree Name

M.S. in Applied and Environmental Biology

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Fall 2005

Pagination

viii, 95 leaves

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 39-41).

Rights

© 2005 Hugo Alamillo, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Citation

File Type

text

Language

English

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Amphisbaena
Autotomy
Lizards -- Morphology

Thesis Number

T 8866

Print OCLC #

71203329

Link to Catalog Record

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http://laurel.lso.missouri.edu/record=b5640793~S5

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