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Special Issue "The Ecological Role of Salamanders as Predators and Prey"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2020.
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Interests: amphibians; salamanders; Plethodontidae; trophic ecology; subterranean ecology; population dynamics
Salamanders are relevant components of many terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. For example, in fishless streams, larval or adult salamanders act as top predators, while in temperate forests, these amphibians act as mid-level predators that regulate the abundance and diversity of the invertebrate soil fauna and indirectly influence the degradation of the leaf litter. Salamanders may also be present in underground habitats (i.e., caves and the surronding subterranean network), which are among the least studied and most fragile ecosystems of the world. Salamanders are usually considered to be generalist predators at the population level, but they also display specialization at the individual level, in particular when prey resources available in the environment become more diverse. In addition, salamanders and newts have complex behaviors, bright colors, and are easy to maintain in captivity. Therefore, these amphibians are often used as model systems to better understand prey–predator interactions and the evolution of cryptic or aposematic defensive colorations, both in the wild and in the laboratory. This Special Issue provides an opportunity to highlight new research on the ecological role of salamanders and newts in prey–predator systems, their trophic behavior, and the evolution of their trophic niche in space and time. Particularly welcome are studies that describe the evolution of the antipredator behavior, individual trophic specialization, and the trophic strategies of single salamander species or complex multispecies guilds.
Prof. Salvidio Sebastiano
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Trophic ecology
- Individual trophic specialization
- Antipredator behavior
- Prey–predator interactions