Age and growth of the red-belied lizard, Darevskia parvula


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BÜLBÜL U. , KURNAZ M., Eroglu A. I. , KOC H., KUTRUP B.

ANIMAL BIOLOGY, cilt.66, sa.1, ss.81-95, 2016 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 66 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2016
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1163/15707563-00002489
  • Dergi Adı: ANIMAL BIOLOGY
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.81-95

Özet

In the present study, we investigated potential effects of some environmental climatic factors on life-history traits of two Darevskia parvula populations located at different elevation sites and evaluated age, body size, SSD and growth rate results in these lizards. The age at maturity and longevity were found to be similar in both populations. Males of the highland population had significantly larger snout-vent length and older age than those of the lowland population. Although the mean ages of females were not significantly different between the two populations, the highland population had significantly larger snout-vent length than the lowland population. Considering all individuals (both males and females), we found that specimens from the population in the higher-elevation site had significantly larger snout-vent length and older age than those of the lower-elevation site. A low level of male-biased sexual size dimorphism was observed in both populations. The growth coefficient was lower in the high-elevation site than the lower elevation site. Growth rates were not significantly different between the populations. Our preliminary results indicate that although our studied populations were located at different elevation sites and had distinct climate, longevity, age at sexual maturity and growth rate results were similar. This may be a reason of the lower male-biased sexual size dimorphism in both populations.