Age and growth of the common wall lizard, Podarcis muralis (Laurenti, 1768)

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Abstract

The present study was designed to compare the life history traits of two Podarcis muralis populations located at sites of different elevation. The age at maturity was similar in both populations, whereas longevity was found to be lower in the lowland one (Dereköy). The males and females of both populations had a similar snout-vent length (SVL) and mean age. Sexual size dimorphism (SSD) was weak in the highland population, males being slightly larger than females, whereas a strong male-biased SSD was observed in the lowland one. The growth coefficient (k) and growth rates were similar in both populations. This study indicates that the age at maturation (2-3 years) and growth rates (2.37 mm/year) are similar in two populations of P. muralis exposed to different climatic and environmental conditions. Longevity was slightly higher in the highland population (16 years) compared to the lowland one (14 years).

Age and growth of the common wall lizard, Podarcis muralis (Laurenti, 1768)

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    Age distributions for male and female P. muralis from the Dereköy (A) and Kazdağı (B) populations.

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    Von Bertalanffy growth curves for males (open circles, solid line) and females (solid circles, dashed line) of P. muralis from the Dereköy (A) and Kazdağı (B) populations. The open square shows snout-vent length mean of the lizards at hatching as reported by In den Bosch & Bout (1998). Growth parameters are given in the text.

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    Hematoxylin sections (8 μm thick) through phalanges of male (A) and female (B) P. muralis. (A) Five-year-old male (57.8 mm SVL) from the Dereköy population. (B) Eight-year-old female specimen (60.0 mm SVL) from the Kazdağı population. Abbreviations: MC, marrow cavity; EB, endosteal bone; RL, resorption line; P, periphery.

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    Descriptive statistics of age, snout-vent length (SVL) and growth rates for both populations. Abbreviations: CI, confidence intervals; GR, growth rate; k, growth coefficient; n, number of samples; SE, standard error.

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