Nebraska Academy of Sciences


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1994. Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences, 21: 123-126. Copyright © 1994 Smith.


I studied the ontogenetic development of body shape and the influence of food availability on the development of body shape in hatchling striped plateau lizards (Sceloporus virgatus) over the first seven to eight weeks of their life. Body mass showed positive growth relative to snout-vent length. Head width, head length, and femur length showed negative growth relative to snout-vent length. No sexual differences were evident in relative growth in any body part or trait. Food availability did not influence the relative growth of body parts or traits.

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