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Courtship Behavior of the Red Salamander, Pseudotriton ruber
James A. Organ and Della J. Organ
Vol. 1968, No. 2 (Jun. 5, 1968), pp. 217-223
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1441744
Page Count: 7
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Recently captured adults of Pseudotriton ruber nitidus from Virginia and Pseudotriton ruber ruber from New Jersey were observed in courtship during the spring of 1959 and 1962, respectively. In Virginia, males were found carrying cloacal spermatophores in the fall and spring of the year. Terrestrial courtship and a fall and spring courtship season is postulated for the species. Heterosexual and homosexual courtship patterns are described and found to be the most simple yet observed in the family Plethodontidae. If simplicity indicates primitiveness then Dunn's contention that Pseudotriton is close to the ancestral stock of the family is confirmed.