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1 February 2007 Ecology and Reproductive Patterns of the Agamid Lizard Japalura swinhonis on an East Asian Island, with Comments on the Small Clutch Sizes of Island Lizards
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I describe the habitat use, diet, and the male and female reproductive cycles of Japalura swinhonis, an oviparous agamid lizard inhabiting Orchid Island, a tropical island off the southeastern coast of Taiwan. Ninety percent of lizards (n=126) were observed on tree trunks or at the forest edge. The diet of J. swinhonis on Orchid Island consisted mostly of hymenopterans (53.33%) and orthopterans (16.67%). The mean snout-vent length (SVL) of adult males was 74.58 (n=89) and that of females was 69.31 (n=37) mm. Females exhibited a long vitellogenic period from November to February, with parturition occurring from March to October. The onset of vitellogenesis did not correlate with the mass of the female fat bodies. Females produced two to five eggs per clutch, and clutch size was not correlated with SVL. Two clutches were recorded during a single year in some individuals. Clutch size in J. swinhonis was compared with that in other Japalura species. Clutch sizes of Japalura species are larger in mainland China than on insular Taiwan. Clutch size is also mainly affected by environmental constraints, and smaller clutch sizes are probably affected by predators on Orchid Island.

Wen-San Huang "Ecology and Reproductive Patterns of the Agamid Lizard Japalura swinhonis on an East Asian Island, with Comments on the Small Clutch Sizes of Island Lizards," Zoological Science 24(2), 181-188, (1 February 2007). https://doi.org/10.2108/zsj.24.181
Received: 5 April 2006; Accepted: 1 October 2006; Published: 1 February 2007
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