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spontaneous removal or casting off of a body part (as the tail of a lizard or claw of a lobster) especially when the organism is injured or under attack

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Effect of caudal autotomy on locomotor performance of wall lizards (Podarcis muralis).
The costs of autotomy and regeneration in animals: a review and framework for future research.
Several reptile studies have recorded caudal autotomy with occasional bifurcation occurring in regrowing tails.
Tail autotomy, functional conflicts and their resolution by a salamander.
Seifert was studying scar-free healing in amphibians when a colleague told him that a small rodent he had observed in Africa seemed capable of autotomy, a defense mechanism whereby the animal self-amputates a body part to escape a predator.
Comparison of autotomy behavior induced in rats by various clinically used neurectomy methods.
Two new reports of autotomy of the tail in rodents.
We collected the samples using a nonlethal technique that consists of inducing limb autotomy (Longhorn 2002).
An intra- and interspecific study of body size and autotomy as a defense in Orthoptera.
Autotomy, or appendage loss, is common in many animals, including reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, fish, echinoderms, crustaceans, spiders, and insects (see Maginnis 2006a; Fleming et al.
Key words: call frequency, gecko distribution, Hemidactylus frenatus, autotomy, temperature, seasonality.
Some 470 delegates and speakers attended the fourth annual Native Title Conference in Alice Springs in June to discuss the practical aspects of the legislative regime--including agreement making, alternative funding models for greater Indigenous autotomy, mediating community disputes, governance and finding integrated approaches.
This suggests that the lizards are paying a considerable energetic cost for their tactic of autotomy.
Until their last molts, spiders can regenerate their lost limbs, a trick of nature called autotomy.