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pdf 04. Reproductive and fat body cycles of the lacertid lizard Podarcis bocagei


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Authors: Pedro Galán

Abstract: This paper presents data on reproductive and fat body cycles of the oviparous lacertid lizard Podarcis bocagei in northwest Spain. Testes exhibited their maximal volume during December-March and decreased in size throughout the summer. This pattern agrees with the "mixed type" of spermatogenetic cycle proposed by Saint Girons ( 1963, 1982). Vitello genesis started at the end of March or April. Females with oviductal eggs were found from mid-April to mid-July. Oviposition occurs between mid-May and the end of July. Fat bodies of males were smallest during the spring mating period. Female fat body volumes declined during vitellogenesis. No significant decline of lipid stores was detected during the winter period (October-March).

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