Observations of mating behavior and reproduction in the Scincid Carlia jarnoldae

Langkilde, Tracy, and Schwarzkopf, Lin (2003) Observations of mating behavior and reproduction in the Scincid Carlia jarnoldae. Herpetological Review, 34 (4). pp. 325-326.

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Abstract

We observed the mating behavior of Carlia jarnoldae during austral summer (January-March 1999) in Townsville, Queensland, Australia (19°19'S, 146°45'E). Carlia jarnoldae are relatively small (mean snout-vent length 40 mm), terrestrial, diurnal lizards (Cogger 2000). Adults are sexually dimorphic: males are heavier (2.4 g vs. 1.9 g), but not longer (adult males average 44 mm SVL, 68 mm tail length; females average 43 mm SVL, 64 mm tail length), and males are more colorful than are females (Cogger 2000). Breeding males have an orange-brown dorsum with 4-6 narrow black stripes, a black dorsolateral field scattered with small blue spots, and a reddish-orange lateral stripe. The labial scales and throat of males are pale greenish-blue. Females are brown above with scattered black and white flecks tending to form longitudinal lines, and a bright white lateral stripe bordered above and below by black stripes.

Item ID: 8410
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: behaviour, mating, lizard
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ISSN: 0018-084X
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2010 00:36
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060201 Behavioural Ecology @ 50%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060208 Terrestrial Ecology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960806 Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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