n African Journal of Herpetology - Morphometrics and sexual dimorphism of the hingeback tortoises and (Reptilia : Testudinidae) in southwestern Cameroon : original article

Volume 50, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2156-4574
  • E-ISSN: 2153-3660
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Morphometric data on a series of forest-dwelling hingeback tortoises, 138 and 74 , from the Southwest Province of Cameroon, Africa, where they are sympatric, are presented. The two species exhibited opposite trends in sexual size dimorphism. Unique among , male are significantly larger than females. All but two comparisons of height on length, width on length, and width on height allometries between males, females, and juveniles of each species were significantly different. Females of both species were relatively taller than their male counterparts. The two species differed in height / width growth allometry at sexual maturity.

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