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Offspring performance and the adaptive benefits of prolonged pregnancy: experimental tests in a viviparous lizard

Abstract:

Offspring locomotor performance has been shown to influence fitness related traits in a wide range of taxa. One potential mechanism by which viviparous animals can increase the performance (e.g. sprint speed) of their offspring is by prolonging pregnancy (beyond that required for complete development). However, to date studies examining this potentially important maternal effect have been largely descriptive. 2. The skink Egernia whitii is an ideal candidate species to examine the consequence...

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Journal:
FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY
Volume:
23
Issue:
4
Pages:
818-825
Publication date:
2009-08-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1365-2435
ISSN:
0269-8463
URN:
uuid:8214c262-9c15-445f-86b0-4fcfe77438e2
Source identifiers:
210675
Local pid:
pubs:210675

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