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pdf 04. Data on age and longevity in Gallotia galloti (Sauria, Lacertidae) assessed by skeletochronology


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Authors: J. Castanet And M. Baez

Abstract: Femurs of 73 Gallotia galloti caught in different localities and belonging to two subspecies living in Tenerife (Canary Islands) were analysed by skeletochronology. The bones possessed annual rings like in many other lizards. For a high percentage of individuals, a remnant of the embryonic bone and a birth line of arrested growth remained present throughout life because cortical resorption never completely removed the first annual rings. Thus the age of an individual can be directly calculated from the number of lines of arrested growth. In the sample studied here, the oldest lizards were at least 8 or 9 years old. They reached sexual maturity during their second or third year of life.

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