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pdf 01. Reproduction of Tropidurus montanus Rodrigues, 1987 (Tropiduridae), a lizard from a seasonal habitat of south eastern Brazil, and a comparison with other Tropidurus species


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Authors: Monique Van Sluys , Henri Maximiliano A. Mendes , Vinicius B. Assis And Mara Cíntia Kiefer

Abstract: The reproductive and fat body cycles of the lizard Tropidurus montanus (Tropiduridae) were studied in a seasonal, open habitat at Minas Gerais State, south-eastern Brazil. Lizards were sampled monthly from June 1996 to June 1997. Reproductive females were found from August to January. The smallest reproductive female was 56.5 mm in body size, and was collected in December. Mean clutch size (± 1 SO), based on counts of eggs or follicles, was 3.48± 1.15, and was significantly related to female body size. Reproductive males were found throughout the year, but their frequency of occurrence varied greatly between months. The smallest reproductive male had a SVL of 60.6 mm, and was collected in August. For both sexes, fat-body mass (adjusted for body length) was greatest during the non-reproductive season.

Keywords: lizards, reproduction, seasonality, south-eastern Brazil, Tropidurus

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