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Plethodon shermani
Red-legged Salamander
Subgenus: Plethodon
family: Plethodontidae
subfamily: Plethodontinae

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Notes This clip shows pheromone transfer from male to female during salamander courtship, late in the courtship sequence. The female (on the left) is straddling the tail of the male (on the right). The male turns and performs a head-slap, which transfers pheromonal secretions from the mental gland under the male's chin to the female.
Recorded By Stevan Arnold
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Copyright Stevan Arnold
Date Entered 2010-04-19

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Notes The female continues to straddle the male's gently undulating tail, while resting her chin on the dorsal surface of the base of his tail. After a few moments, the male deposits a white spermatophore on the substrate, then moves forward and away. The female moves forward, keeping her chin on his tail base, until her vent area is over the spermatophore, then backs up, lowers her vent, and picks up the spermatophore with her cloaca.
Recorded By Stevan Arnold
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Copyright Stevan Arnold
Date Entered 2010-04-19

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