Evolution of viviparity in warm-climate lizards: an experimental test of the maternal manipulation hypothesis.

@article{Ji2007EvolutionOV,
  title={Evolution of viviparity in warm-climate lizards: an experimental test of the maternal manipulation hypothesis.},
  author={Xiang Ji and C-X Lin and L-H Lin and Q-B Qiu and Yanjun Du},
  journal={Journal of evolutionary biology},
  year={2007},
  volume={20 3},
  pages={1037-45}
}
The maternal manipulation hypothesis for the evolution of reptilian viviparity has been claimed to apply to any situation where gravid females are able to maintain body temperatures different from those available in external nests, but empirical data that support this hypothesis are very limited. Here, we tested this hypothesis using gravid females of a warm-climate lizard, Mabuya multifasciata, by subjecting them to five thermal regimes for the whole gestation period. We found gravid females… CONTINUE READING
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