Authors: ABDULLAH ALTUNIŞIK, ÇİĞDEM GÜL, NURHAYAT ÖZDEMİR, MURAT TOSUNOĞLU, TUĞBA ERGÜL
Abstract: We studied, for the first time, the age structure of Eremias strauchi strauchi (Kessler, 1878) from a sample (18 adults) of a population living in the vicinity of Iğdır (eastern Turkey) using the skeletochronological method. The maximum observed longevity was 7 years for males and 5 years for females. The age of males ranged from 4 to 7 years (mean 4.91, n = 12), while that of females ranged from 4 to 5 years (mean 4.66, n = 6). The average snoutvent length (SVL) was 61.10 mm in males and 60.82 mm in females. The differences in mean age and SVL between sexes were not statistically significant. Intersexual differences in body size were male-biased, but this state was not statistically significant. Age and SVL were positively correlated in both sexes.
Keywords: Lacertidae, Eremias strauchi strauchi, age, sexual dimorphism, Turkey
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