ALTHOUGH many vertebrates have retained to a considerable degree the ability to regenerate organs, adult anurans are generally believed to have lost the power to replace limbs or digits. Isolated cases of regeneration in anurans have been observed, but were considered simply as anomalous occurrences1–3. In 1932, Rostand4 reported that adults of the African ‘clawed toad’, Xenopus laevis, regularly formed heteromorphic regenerates of amputated digits. This has been confirmed for limbs as well as digits by Gallien and Beetschen5, Beetschen6, Gitlin7, and Skowron and Komala8. As part of an extensive analysis of regeneration in the anurans, the present communication reports the normal occurrence of regeneration in another African frog.
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GOODE, R. Regeneration of Limbs in Adult Hymenochirus boettgeri. Nature 193, 1098 (1962). https://doi.org/10.1038/1931098a0