Age Structure and Body Size of the Endemic Lizard Species <i>Anatololacerta danfordi (</i>Gunther, 1876) (Reptilia: Lacertidae) in a Highland Turkish Population

BÜLBÜL U., Koc-Gur H., Ozkan H., Zaman E.

ACTA ZOOLOGICA BULGARICA, no.4, pp.545-551, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.545-551
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Some life-history traits (e.g. body size, SSD and age) of the Danford's lizard Anatololacerta danfordi were studied applying skeletochronology techniques to the phalangeal bones (n = 33). The mean of the snout-vent-length (SVL) was 59.02 +/- 1.07 mm in females and 62.17 +/- 1.38 mm in males. The mean SVL was not significantly different between sexes. Sexual size dimorphism was weakly expressed in the slightly bigger SVL of the males (SDI = -0.053). Sexual maturity was attained between the second and the fourth year of life in both sexes. The age ranged from 2 to 6 years in females and from 3 to 8 years in males. The means of age were 4.29 +/- 0.31 LAGs in female specimens and 4.63 +/- 0.37 LAGs in male specimens. The mean age was not significantly different between the sexes.