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Updating salamander datasets with phenotypic and stomach content information for two mainland Speleomantes

Published: 9 June 2021
Scientific Data , Volume 8, pp 1-6; doi:10.1038/s41597-021-00931-w

Abstract: European plethodontid salamanders (genus Speleomantes; formerly Hydromantes) are a group of eight strictly protected amphibian species which are sensitive to human-induced environmental changes. Long-term monitoring is highly recommended to evaluate their status and to assess potential threats. Here we used two low-impact methodologies to build up a large dataset on two mainland Speleomantes species (S. strinatii and S. ambrosii), which represents an update to two previously published datasets, but also includes several new populations. Specifically, we provide a set of 851 high quality images and a table gathering stomach contents recognized from 560 salamanders. This dataset offers the opportunity to analyse phenotypic traits and stomach contents of eight populations belonging to two Speleomantes species. Furthermore, the data collection performed over different periods allows to expand the potential analyses through a wide temporal scale, allowing long-term studies.
Keywords: Herpetology / Population dynamics / Science / Humanities and Social Sciences / multidisciplinary

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