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19 December 2012 Seasonal Reproduction in the Rock Gecko Phyllopezus pollicaris from a Rock Field Habitat in Southeastern Brazil
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We studied the reproductive ecology of the gecko Phyllopezus pollicaris in a mountain environment in the Municipality of Diamantina, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil, from February 2005 to January 2006. The reproductive activity of P. pollicaris was cyclic, occurring from the end of the dry season to the end of the wet season. We found no relationship between female reproductive activity and long-term precipitation and temperature. Males exhibited sperm in their testes throughout the year, and their reproductive activity was not related to any of the climatic factors analyzed. Fat storage varied inversely with reproductive activity, and fat-body mass was large in females. All gravid females had a clutch of two eggs.

Alexandre F. Righi, Luciana B. Nascimento, and Conrado A. B. Galdino "Seasonal Reproduction in the Rock Gecko Phyllopezus pollicaris from a Rock Field Habitat in Southeastern Brazil," Journal of Herpetology 46(4), 632-636, (19 December 2012). https://doi.org/10.1670/11-210
Accepted: 1 December 2011; Published: 19 December 2012
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