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n African Zoology - Growth of the Namaqualand speckled padloper, (Reptilia : Testudinidae) - : short communication

Volume 39, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X
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Abstract

Growth was calculated for the world's smallest tortoise species, <I>Homopus signatus signatus</I>, by comparing body size data gathered in spring 2000, 2001 and 2002. Sexual differences could not be identified, but mean growth was significantly lower in 2000/01 than in 2001/02, possibly due to higher winter rainfall preceding the second period. Variation in growth rates was highest in juveniles. Growth decreased with increasing straight carapace length, resulting in a preliminary estimate of 11 years for females to reach sexual maturity.

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2004-10-01
2020-09-25

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