Allometric variation among juvenile, adult male and female eastern bearded dragons Pogona barbata (Cuvier, 1829), with comments on the behavioural implications

Danny Wotherspoon, Shelley Burgin

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Abstract

The functional significance of allometric change in reptiles has received limited attention and the reason for such changes has been regarded as 'obscure'. In this paper we report data on the Australian Pogona barbata, the eastern bearded dragon, from across their range and review changes in allometric growth among juveniles, and adult males and females and consider the functional relevance of these changes. There were significant differences in the population for mass, tail length, tail width, rear leg length and jaw length. These differences were consistent with differences required in locomotor performance and thus habitat use, together with access to different preferred dietary components.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-28
Number of pages6
JournalZoology
Volume114
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes

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