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An atypical reproductive cycle in a common viviparous Asia Agamid Phrynocephalus vlangalii
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It is proposed that the high over‐winter survival rate of neonates is likely linked with female delayed sexual maturity, female asynchronous vitellogenesis and gestation, large relative clutch mass (RCM), and adult‐offspring burrow sharing behavior during hibernation. Expand
Climate change, thermal niches, extinction risk and maternal-effect rescue of toad-headed lizards, Phrynocephalus, in thermal extremes of the Arabian Peninsula to the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau.
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An eco-physiological model of extinction risk under climate change premised on behavioral thermoregulation is developed and it is proposed that evolved acclimatization - maternal plasticity - may ameliorate risk, but is poorly studied. Expand
Social context affects tail displays by Phrynocephalus vlangalii lizards from China
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It is confirmed that territorial signaling was used by both sexes, and by adopting a novel strategy that permitted 3D reconstruction of tail displays, significant variation due to social context was identified, however, signal structure was not related to lizard morphology. Expand
Sex- and performance-based escape behaviour in an Asian agamid lizard, Phrynocephalus vlangalii
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The results suggest that when males and females are not obviously sexually dimorphic, they are more likely to overlap in escape tactics. Expand
Gene expression variations in high-altitude adaptation: a case study of the Asiatic toad (Bufo gargarizans)
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These broadly suppressed expression patterns at high altitudes are in strong contrast to those of endothermic homeotherms, suggesting poikilothermic vertebrates may have adopted different strategies at highAltitude. Expand
Female–female aggression functions in mate defence in an Asian agamid lizard
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Female–female aggression is used for both resource and mate defence, and so might be under direct selection, and the results suggest female aggression more broadly requires further work. Expand
Covariations between personality behaviors and metabolic/performance traits in an Asian agamid lizard (Phrynocephalus vlangalii)
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The idea that behaviors in life-history trade-offs are natural history-dependent in P. vlangalii supports the idea that activity/exploration or risk-taking behaviors are more likely to impact resource acquisition for organisms foraging on clumped and ephemeral food sources, and evidence that behavioral types play functional roles in life historyTrade-offs to supporting POLS hypothesis is provided. Expand
Development of novel microsatellite DNA markers for toad-headed agama Phrynocephalus vlangalii using next generation sequencing
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Twenty-five novel microsatellite DNA makers for Phrynocephalusvlangalii, an excellent environmental indicator species, were developed and will provide useful tools for monitoring the influence of social development in the Tibetan Plateau. Expand
The driving forces behind female-female aggression and its fitness consequence in an Asian agamid lizard
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A link between female-female aggression and competition for resource (food) and competition over food is demonstrated and the potential importance of female aggressive behavior as a mechanism that influences female fitness is highlighted. Expand
Genetic Adaptations of an Island Pit-Viper to a Unique Sedentary Life with Extreme Seasonal Food Availability
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The Shedao pit-viper revealed a low rate of molecular evolution compared to its mainland relative, which is possibly associated with metabolic suppression, and signals of positive selection were detected in two genes related to antithrombin and muscle atrophy. Expand
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