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pdf 02. Aspects of the morphometry, growth related parameters and reproductive condition of Agama lizards in Ago Iwoye, Nigeria


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Authors: Olufemi Abiodun Sodeinde And Oluyemisi Abimbola Kuku

Abstract: I m mature. adult males and females of the lizard. Agama agama (L.) collected at Ago-lwoye, Nigeria during the second and third quarters of 1987, differed most in snout-vent lengths (SVL). They averaged 59 ± 3mm. 1 25 ± 2mm and 1 04 ± 3mm SVL respectively and also differed in dimensions and weights of other body structures. These structures, including scales, eyes, tail and hind limb, correlated well with SVL and grow allometrically in relation to it. They can therefore be used to separate Agama agama into age-sex classes. Females are capable of breeding at 91 mm SVL and t hose in breeding condition differed from non-reproductive members in weights and dimensions of gonadal structures ( P<0.00 1) but not S VL and body weight ( P>0. 1 0). Males in reproductive condition differed from non-reproductive ones in SVL, body weight and reproductive parameters ( P<0.00 1 ).

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