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Phylogeographic divergence in the widespread delicate skink (Lampropholis delicata) corresponds to dry habitat barriers in eastern Australia
This study provides the first detailed phylogeographic investigation of a widespread species whose distribution spans virtually all of the major biogeographic barriers in eastern Australia.
Patterns of metabolism in embryonic reptiles.
  • M. Thompson
  • Environmental Science, Biology
    Respiration physiology
  • 1 May 1989
Heterothermy, torpor, respiratory gas exchange, water balance and the effect of feeding in Gould's long-eared bat Nyctophilus gouldi.
The N. gouldi were heterothermic, exhibited a highly labile metabolic rate, and rates of heat and water loss, and Tb which were influenced both by ambient temperature and by nutritional status.
Analysis of the nest environment of tuatara Sphenodon punctatus
Water potential and temperature were monitored in 20 natural nests of tuatara, Sphenodon punctatus, through 12 months of incubation on Stephens Island, New Zealand, finding water potentials in the soil of closed canopy forest are high enough to support embryogenesis, but temperatures are too low.
A review of the evolution of viviparity in lizards: structure, function and physiology of the placenta
Reliance on provision of substantial organic nutrient is correlated with the regional specialisation of the chorioallantoic placenta to form a placentome for nutrient uptake, particularly lipids, and the further development of the gas exchange capabilities of the other parts of the Chorioallantois.
Placental nutrition in a viviparous lizard (Pseudemoia pagenstecheri) with a complex placenta
The composition of egg yolks and neonates of the viviparous lizard, Pseudemoia pagenstecheri, one of the most placentotrophic reptiles studied to date, are described suggesting that enhancement of offspring quality through facultative Placentotrophy is a general characteristic of placental reptiles independent of pattern of embryonic nutrient provision.