Oklahoma salamander uses chemical cues to avoid predation

In the recent paper “Learning to Avoid Dangerous Habitat Types by Aquatic Salamanders, Eurycea tynerensis” Alicia Mathis and Shem Unger,  present evidence of habitat selection based on learning. Aquatic salamanders can be paedomorphic throughout the course of their life and confined to the water. As a result, they often live alongside their predators and the selection pressure to avoid these predators is expected to be high.  The species of focus in this study, the Oklahoma salamander shares the benthic streams with the syntopic predatory fish, the banded sculpin. Leer más.