Héctor Gadsden, José L. Estrada-Rodríguez
Western North American Naturalist 68 (1), 46-57, (1 March 2008) https://doi.org/10.3398/1527-0904(2008)68[46:DOTYSL]2.0.CO;2
KEYWORDS: Sceloporus jarrovii, Mexico, demography, Chihuahuan Desert, reproductive cycle, population structure, density, life history, México, Demografía, ciclo reproductor, estructura poblacional, densidad, historia de vida
The demography of a population of Yarrow's spiny lizard, Sceloporus jarrovii, was examined from 2004 to 2006 in the canyon Las Piedras Encimadas, located in Gomez Palacio, Durango, México. Lizards were studied using a mark-recapture technique. Reproduction in females occurred between November and May, coinciding with dry conditions. Reproductive activity was highest (percent of females with vitellogenic follicles or embryos) in the middle of the dry season (November and December). Thirteen percent of females reached sexual maturity at an average age of 8.5 months. The population structure was similar in spring and fall, but not in summer. A notable feature of summer, coinciding with the wet season, was the greater number of hatchlings and juveniles. The overall sex ratio did not differ from 1:1. The density of adults varied from 12 to 62 animals ·0.5 ha−1. Temperate and arid-adapted populations of S. jarrovii exhibited broad similarity in timing of the reproductive season, whereas factors such as density, growth, age at sexual maturity, and survivorship differed.