Authors: TUĞBA ERGÜL KALAYCI, ABDULLAH ALTUNIŞIK, ÇİĞDEM GÜL, NURHAYAT ÖZDEMİR, MURAT TOSUNOĞLU
Abstract: In this study, the age structure of an Asaccus barani sample from Şanlıurfa (southeastern Anatolia, Turkey) was determined by skeletochronology for the first time. A total of 17 preserved adults (7♂♂, 10♀♀) were evaluated, and the maximum observed lifespan was recorded as 6 years in males and 5 years in females. The first line of arrested growth was partially eroded by endosteal resorption in 29% of individuals and completely eroded in 18%. The mean age was 3.85 ± 0.50 years in males and 3.80 ± 0.32 years in females; the mean snout-vent length (SVL) was 46.99 ± 2.64 mm (range: 37.78-54.13) in males and 46.89 ± 1.51 mm (range: 40.33-53.19) in females. There was no significant difference between sexes in terms of age and SVL. However, there was a positive correlation between age and SVL in both males and females.
Keywords: Southeastern Anatolia, age structure, Asaccus barani, skeletochronology
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