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Title: Comparison of the effectiveness of phalanges vs. humeri and femurs to estimate lizard age with skeletochronology
Author: Comas, Mar
Reguera, Senda
Zamora-Camacho, Francisco J.
Salvadó i Cabré, Humbert
Moreno-Rueda, Gregorio
Keywords: Herpetologia
Conservació de la natura
Nature conservation
Issue Date: 30-Jun-2016
Publisher: Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona
Abstract: Skeletochronology allows estimation of lizard age with a single capture (from a bone), making long-term monitoring unnecessary. Nevertheless, this method often involves the death of the animal to obtain the bone. We tested the reliability of skeletochronology of phalanges (which may be obtained without killing) by comparing the estimated age from femurs and humeri with the age estimated from phalanges. Our results show skeletochronology of phalanges is a reliable method to estimate age in lizards as cross-section readings from all bones studied presented a high correlation and repeatability regardless of the bone chosen. This approach provides an alternative to the killing of lizards for skeletochronology studies.
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It is part of: Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, 2016, vol. 39, num. 2, p. 237-240
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ISSN: 1578-665X
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals)

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