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The conservation status of the world's reptiles
Bushes protect tortoises from lethal overheating in arid areas of Morocco
SUMMARY Arid Mediterranean regions that shelter unique biodiversity are threatened by increasing anthropogenic pressures, such as urbanization, overgrazing and climate change. In Morocco, one of the…
Epidemiological survey of scorpion envenomation in southwestern Morocco
The various therapeutic modalities used by the local populations and proposed prophylactic measures, such as awareness and prevention of scorpion envenomation are shown.
POPULATION STRUCTURE, POPULATION DENSITY AND INDIVIDUAL CATCHABILITY OF TESTUDO GRAECA IN THE CENTRAL JBILETS (MOROCCO)
Accurate information on density, structure and vulnerability of wild populations occupies a central place in conservation biology. A mark-recapture study was carried out during the 2003 activity…
Thermal constraints and the influence of reproduction on thermoregulation in a high‐altitude gecko (Quedenfeldtia trachyblepharus)
The study suggests that cold-adapted reptiles adjust their thermoregulatory behaviour in response to thermal constraints and reproductive status, and suggests gravid females had smaller deviations from the preferred body temperature and maintained higher body temperatures than males and non-gravid females.
Sexual Dimorphism in the Greek Tortoise: A Test of the Body Shape Hypothesis
The data show that the shell provides a larger abdominal volume relative to tortoise size in females than in males, and deep notches in the shell and a reduction of several plastron plates offer more freedom to the limbs and to the tail.
Environmental temperatures shape thermal physiology as well as diversification and genome-wide substitution rates in lizards
- J. Garcia-Porta, Iker Irisarri, K. C. Wollenberg Valero
- Environmental Science, BiologyNature Communications
- 9 September 2019
The authors reconstruct the phylogeny of lacertid lizards and investigate how the evolution of this clade has varied with paleoclimates and how closely adapted extant species are to modern climates.
Blood mixtures: impact of puncture site on blood parameters
By selecting precise puncture sites, physiological differences between lymph and blood compartments could be investigated and these results have technical and fundamental implications, especially when performing comparative analyses.
Testudo graeca graeca feeding ecology in an arid and overgrazed zone in Morocco