Lynne D. Houck Publications


56. Wilburn, D.B., K.E. Bowen, R.G. Gregg, J. Cai, P.W. Feldhoff, L.D. Houck, R.C. Feldhoff.  2012. Proteomic and UTR analyses of a rapidly evolving hypervariable family of vertebrate pheromones. Evolution 66: 2227-2239.


55. Eddy, S.L., K.M. Kiemnec-Tyburczy, J.C. Uyeda, and L.D. Houck. 2012. The influence of sequential male courtship behaviors on courtship success and duration in a terrestrial salamander, Plethodon shermani. Ethology 118: 1240-1250.


54. Kiemnec-Tyburczy, K.M., S.L. Eddy, A.J. Chouinard, and L.D. Houck. 2012. Low prevalence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in two plethodontid salamanders from North Carolina, USA. Herpetological Review 43: 85-87.


53. Kiemnec-Tyburczy, K. M., S. K. Woodley, R. A. Watts, S. J. Arnold, and L. D. Houck. 2012. Expression of vomeronasal receptors and related signaling molecules in the nasal cavity of a caudate amphibian (Plethodon shermani). Chemical Senses 37: 335-346.


52. Kiemnec-Tyburczy, K.M., S.K. Woodley, P.W. Feldhoff, R.C. Feldhoff, and L. D. Houck. 2011. Dermal application of courtship pheromones does not influence receptivity in female Red-legged salamanders (Plethodon shermani). J Herpetology 45: 169-173.


51. Vaccaro E.A, P.W. Feldhoff, R.C. Feldhoff, and L.D. Houck. 2011.  Pheromone-mediated responses to sexual and nonsexual stimuli in a plethodontid salamander.  Animal Behaviour 80:983-989.


50. Houck, L.D., E.A. Vaccaro and K.M. Kiemnec-Tyburczy.  2010.  Consistency of male courtship behavior in a plethodontid salamander.  J. Herpetology 44: 645-648.


49. Palmer, C., A. Picard, R. Watts, L.D. Houck, and S.J. Arnold.  2010.  Rapid evolution of Plethodontid Modulating Factor (PMF), a hypervariable salamander courtship pheromone, is driven by positive selection.  Jour. Molec. Evol. 70:427-440.


48. Houck, L.D. and P.A. Verrell.  2010.  Evolution of primary sexual characters in amphibians. Janet L. Leonard & Alex Córdoba-Aguilar (eds.), IN: The Evolution of Primary Sexual Characters in Animals, pp.  409-424.  Oxford University Press, Oxford.  


47. Vaccaro, E. A., P. W. Feldhoff, R. C. Feldhoff and L. D. Houck .  2010.  A pheromone mechanism for swaying female mate choice: enhanced affinity for a sexual stimulus in a woodland salamander.  Animal Behavior  80: 983-989.


46. Vaccaro, E. A., Feldhoff, P. W., Feldhoff, R. C., and Houck, L. D.  2009.  Male courtship pheromones suppress female tendency to feed but not to flee in a plethodontid salamander.  Animal Behaviour 78: 1421-1425.


45. Houck, L.D.  2009.  Pheromone communication in amphibians and reptiles.  Annual Review of Physiology 71: 161-176.


44. Schubert, S.N., Wack, C.L., Houck, L.D., Feldhoff, P.W., Feldhoff, R.C., Woodley, S.K.  2009.  Exposure to pheromones increases plasma corticosterone concentrations in a terrestrial salamander. Gen Comp. Endo. 161: 271-275.


43. Houck, L.D., R.A. Watts, S.J. Arnold, K.E. Bowen, K.M. Kiemnec, H.A. Godwin, P.W. Feldhoff and R.C. Feldhoff.  2008.  A recombinant courtship pheromone affects sexual receptivity in a plethodontid salamander.  Chemical Senses 33:623-631

42. Laberge, F.,  R.C. Feldhoff, P.W. Feldhoff and L.D. Houck.  2008.  Courtship Pheromone-induced c-FOS-like         immunolabeling in the female salamander brain.  Neuroscience 151: 329-339


41. Fontana, M.F., L.D. Houck and N. Staub.  2007.  In situ localization of plethodontid courtship pheromone mRNA in formalin-fixed tissue.  Gen. Comp. Evolution 150:480-485. 


40. Houck, L.D., C.A. Palmer, R.A. Watts, S.J. Arnold, P.W. Feldhoff and R.C. Feldhoff.  2007. A new vertebrate courtship pheromone, PMF, affects female receptivity in a terrestrial salamander.  Animal Behaviour 73(2):315-320.  


39. Palmer, C.A., R.A. Watts, L.D.Houck, A.L. Picard, and S.J. Arnold.  2007.  Evolutionary replacement of pheromone components in a salamander signaling complex: more evidence for phenotypic-molecular decoupling.  Evolution 61: 202-215. 


38. Palmer, C.A., D.M. Hollis, R.A. Watts, L.D. Houck, M.A. McCall, R.G. Gregg, P.W. Feldhoff, R.C. Feldhoff and S.J. Arnold.  2007. Plethodontid modulating factor, hypervariable salamander courtship pheromone in the three-finger protein superfamily.  The FEBS Journal 274:2300-2310. 


37. Houck, L.D., L.S. Mead, R.A. Watts, S.J. Arnold, P.W. Feldhoff and R.C. Feldhoff.  2007.  A candidate vertebrate pheromone, SPF, increases female receptivity in a salamander.  Pp. 213-221.  In:  J. Hurst, R. Beynon, and D. Muller-Schwarze, (eds.), Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 11.  Springer, New York.


36. Schubert, S.N., L.D. Houck, P.W. Feldhoff, R.C. Feldhoff and S.K. Woodley.  2006.  Effects of androgens on behavioral and vomeronasal responses to chemosensory cues in male terrestrial salamanders (Plethodon shermani).  Hormones and Behavior.  50: 469-476.


35. Wirsig-Wiechmann, C., L.D. Houck, J.M. Wood, P.W. Feldhoff and R.C. Feldhoff.  2006.  Male pheromone protein components activate female vomeronasal neurons in the plethodontid salamander, Plethodon shermani.  BMC Neuroscience  7:26.  doi:10.1186/1471-2202-7-26.  


34. Palmer, C.A. and L.D. Houck.  2005.  Responses to sex- and species-specific chemical signals in allopatric and sympatric salamander species.  Pp. 32-41  In:  R.T. Mason, M.P. LeMaster and D. Muller-Schwarze, (eds.), Chemical Signals in Vertebrates, 10.  Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York, NY.   


33. Palmer, C.A., R. Watts, R. Gregg, M. McCall, L. Houck, R. Highton and S. Arnold.  2005.  Lineage-specific differences in evolutionary mode in a salamander courtship pheromone: evidence for a molecular tango.  Molec. Biol. Evolution 22:2243-2256. 


32. Watts, R.A., C.A. Palmer, R.C. Feldhoff, P.W. Feldhoff, L.D. Houck, A.G. Jones, M.E. Pfrender, S.M. Rollmann and S.J. Arnold.  2004.  Stabilizing selection on behavior and morphology masks positive selection on the signal in a salamander pheromone signaling complex.  Molecular Biology and Evolution 21:1032-1041.


31. Harding, J. A., G. R. Almany, L. D. Houck and M.A. Hixon.  2003.  Experimental analysis of monogamy in the Caribbean Cleaning Goby, Gobiosoma evelynae.  Animal Behaviour  65:865–874.


30. Houck, L. D. and Arnold, S. J.  2003.  Courtship and mating.  Pp. 383-424 In: D. M. Sever (ed), Phylogeny and Reproductive Biology of Urodela (Amphibia).  Science Publishers, Enfield, New Hampshire.  627 pp.


29. Rollmann, S. M., L. D. Houck and R. C. Feldhoff.  2003.  Conspecific and heterospecific pheromone effects on female receptivity.  Animal Behaviour.  66:857-861.


28. Wirsig-Wiechmann, C.R., Houck, L.D., Feldhoff, P.W. and Feldhoff, F.C. 2002.  Pheromonal activation of vomeronasal neurons in plethodontid salamanders. Brain Research Interactive, 952: 335-344.


27. Rollmann, S. M., L. D. Houck and R. C. Feldhoff.  2000.  Population variation in salamander courtship pheromones.  J. Chemical Ecology 26(12):2713-2722.


26. Bruce, R.C., R. Jaeger, and L.D. Houck (Eds).  2000.  The Biology of Plethodontid Salamanders.  Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York.  485 pp.


25. Feldhoff, R. C., S. M. Rollmann and L. D. Houck.  1999.  Chemical Analyses of Courtship Pheromones in a Plethodontid Salamander. In: Advances in Chemical Signals in Vertebrates; pp 117‑125;  R. E. Johnston, D. Müller‑Schwarze and P. Sorensen (Eds.). Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York.


24. Rollmann, S.M., Houck, L.D., and Feldhoff, R.C.  1999.  Proteinaceous pheromone affecting female receptivity in a terrestrial salamander.  Science 285, 1907‑1909


23. Houck, L.D.  1998.  Integrative studies of amphibians:  From molecules to mating. Amer. Zool. (38):108-117.


22. Houck, L. D., A. M. Bell, N. L. Reagan-Wallin and R.C. Feldhoff.  1998.  Effects of experimental delivery of male courtship pheromones on the timing of courtship in a terrestrial salamander, Plethodon jordani (Caudata:  Plethodontidae).  Copeia 1998(1):214-219.


21. Houck, L.D., M. T. Mendonca, T.K. Lynch, and D.E. Scott.  1996.  Courtship behavior and plasma levels of androgens and corticosterone in male marbled salamanders, Ambystoma opacum (Ambystomatidae).  Gen. & Comp. Endocrinology 104:243-252.


20. Houck, L.D. and L.C. Drickamer (Eds).  1996.  Foundations of Animal Behavior:  Classic Papers with Commentaries.  University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.


19. Houck, L.D. and S.K. Woodley.  1995.  Field Studies of Steroid Hormones and Male Reproductive Behaviour in Amphibians.  Pp. 677-703 IN: Amphibian Biology, Vol. 2, Social Behaviour.  H. Heatwole and B. Sullivan (Eds.).  Surrey Beatty and Sons, Chipping Norton, Australia. 


18. Houck, L.D. and D.M. Sever.  1994.  The Role of the Skin in Reproduction and Behavior.  Pp. 351-381 IN: Amphibian Biology, Vol. 1, The Integument, H. Heatwole and G. Barthalamus (Eds.).  Surrey Beatty and Sons, Chipping Norton, Australia.


17. Houck, L.D. and P.A. Verrell.  1993.  Courtship behavior in plethodontid salamanders:  A review.  Herpetologica 49:175-184.


16. Houck, L.D. and N.L. Reagan.  1990.  Male courtship pheromones increase female receptivity in a plethodontid salamander.  Animal Behaviour 39:729-734.


15. Marks, S.B., and L.D. Houck.  1989.  Partial cost of spermatophore production in the salamander Desmognathus ochrophaeus.  J. Herpetol. 23:81-84.


14. Houck, L.D., S.J. Arnold and A.R. Hickman.  1988.  Tests for sexual isolation in plethodontid salamanders (genus Desmognathus).  J. Herpetol. 22:186-191.


13. Houck, L.D.  1988.  The effect of body size on male courtship success in a plethodontid salamander.  Animal Behavior 36:837-842.


12. Houck, L.D. and H. Francillon-Vieillot.  1988.  Tests for age and size effects on mating success in plethodontid salamander.  Amphibia-Reptilia 9:135-144.


11. Houck, L.D.  1986.  The evolution of salamander courtship pheromones.  IN:  Chemical Signals in Vertebrates, Vol. IV: Ecology, Evolution, and Comparative Biology.  D. Duvall, D. Muller-Schwarze and R.M. Silverstein (Eds.), Plenum Press, New York.  Pp. 173-190.


10. Houck, L.D., S.J. Arnold and S.G. Tilley.  1985c.  Sperm competition in a plethodontid salamander:  preliminary results.  J. Herpetol. 19: 420-423.


9. Sever, D.M. and L.D. Houck.  1985b.  Preliminary observations on spermatophore formation in Desmognathus ochrophaeus (Plethodontidae).   Copeia 1985: 394-402.


8. Houck, L.D., S.J. Arnold and R.A. Thisted.  1985a.  A statistical analysis of sexual selection in the plethodontid salamander Desmognathus ochrophaeus.  Evolution 39: 370-386.  


7. Houck, L.D. and K. Schwenk.  1984.  The potential for sperm competition in a plethodontid salamander.  Herpetologica 40: 410-415.


6. Bennett, A.F. and L.D. Houck.  1983. The energetic cost of courtship and aggression in a plethodontid salamander.  Ecology 64: 979-985.


5. Houck, L.D.  1982. Growth rates and age at sexual maturity for the neotropical salamander, Bolitoglossa subpalmata.  Copeia 1982(2):474- 478.


4. Arnold, S.J. and L.D. Houck.  1982. Courtship pheromones:  evolution by natural and sexual selection.  Pp. 173-211  IN:  Biochemical Aspects of Evolutionary Biology, M. Nitecki (Ed.), Univ. Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.


3. Houck, L.D.  1980. Courtship behavior in the plethodontid salamander, Desmognathus wrighti.  Amer. Zool. (Abs.) 20:825.


2. Houck, L.D.  1977b. Life history patterns and reproductive biology of neotropical salamanders.  Pp. 43-72 IN:  Reproductive Biology of Amphibians, D.H. Taylor and S.I. Guttman, (Eds.), Plenum Press, NY.


1. Houck, L.D.  1977a. The reproductive biology of a neotropical salamander, Bolitoglossa rostrata (Urodela:  Plethodontidae). Copeia 1977(1):70-83.