n African Zoology - Reproductive cycle of the Namaqua sand lizard, (Squamata: Lacertidae), from southern Africa - : short communication

Volume 41, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X
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The reproductive cycle of the Namaqua sand lizard, <I>Pedioplanis namaquensis, &lt;/I&gt; from southern Africa is described from histological examination of gonadal material from museum specimens. Males followed a seasonal testicular cycle in which sperm was produced in January-March and September-December. Testes in regression were present in March and May. Females with enlarged ovarian follicles (>4 mm length) or oviductal eggs were collected between November and February. Clutch size for 14 females was 3.8 &lt;U&gt;+&lt;/U&gt; 0.97 S.D. eggs, range 3-5. Histological evidence is presented that two clutches may be produced in the same reproductive season.

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