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An immunohistochemical mapping study in the brain and upper spinal cord of the turtle Testudo hermanni Gmelin revealed a wide distribution of somatostatin perikarya and fibres. Within the telencephalon, somatostatin perikarya are present in the anterior olfactory nucleus, in the medial, dorsomedial and dorsal cortex, in the pallial thickening, in the(More)
Comparisons between aquatic and terrestrial species provide an opportunity to examine how sex-specific adaptations interact with the environment to influence body shape. In terrestrial female tortoises, selection for fecundity favors the development of a large internal abdominal cavity to accommodate the clutch; in conspecific males, sexual selection favors(More)
Chelodina oblonga is a long-necked, freshwater turtle found predominantly in the wetlands on the Swan Coastal Plain of Western Australia. Turtles from three populations were recorded in artificial environments set up to simulate small wetlands. Recordings were undertaken from dawn to midnight. A vocal repertoire of 17 categories was described for these(More)
Assisted colonization-the deliberate translocation of species from unsuitable to suitable regions-is a controversial management tool that aims to prevent the extinction of populations that are unable to migrate in response to climate change or to survive in situ. The identification of suitable translocation sites is therefore a pressing issue. Correlative(More)
Optic nerve regeneration within the reptiles is variable. In a snake, Viper aspis, and the lizard Gallotia galloti, regeneration is slow, although some retinal ganglion cell (RGC) axons eventually reach the visual centers (Rio et al. [1989] Brain Res 479:151-156; Lang et al. [1998] Glia 23:61-74). By contrast, in a lizard, Ctenophorus ornatus, numerous RGC(More)
Guidelines for detecting reptiles listed as threatened under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 ii | | Survey guidelines for Australia's threatened reptiles Disclaimer The views and opinions contained in this document are not necessarily those of the Australian Government. The contents of this document have been compiled using(More)
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