Transplacental nutrient transfer during gestation in the Andean lizard Mabuya sp. (Squamata, Scincidae)

@article{RamrezPinilla2010TransplacentalNT,
  title={Transplacental nutrient transfer during gestation in the Andean lizard Mabuya sp. (Squamata, Scincidae)},
  author={Martha Patricia Ram{\'i}rez-Pinilla and Elkin Dar{\'i}o Rueda and Elena Stashenko},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology B},
  year={2010},
  volume={181},
  pages={249-268}
}
Mabuya skinks have the most specialized allantoplacenta and the greatest degree of placentotrophy known among the Reptilia. Their recently ovulated eggs are microlecithal (1–2 mm) and lack fatty yolk platelets; thus, virtually all of the nutrients for embryonic development must pass across the placenta. We quantified the net uptake of nutrients during gestation in an Andean population of Mabuya and compared these results with other matrotrophic skinks and eutherian mammals. Total dry and wet… CONTINUE READING