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pdf 08. Life-history traits in Pelophylax saharicus from Tiaret semiarid lands (northwestern Algeria)

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pp. 267-269
Authors: Oromi, Neus; Brunet, Pau; Taibi, Khaled; Aït Hammou, Mohamed & Sanuy, Delfi

Abstract: Demographic life-history traits of Pelophylax saharicus from the Tiaret region (Algeria) were analysed using skeletochronological methods. Lines of arrested growth (LAGs) were characterized by a weak expression of bone growth marks, similar to other North African populations of the same species and probably due to a short inactivity period in pre-Saharan areas. The age attained (1–8 years) and snout–vent length (21.2–106.8 mm) were different from other North African populations of P. saharicus, suggesting that climatic conditions have a large impact on life-history traits in this species.

Keywords: LINES OF ARRESTED GROWTH, SEMIARID ENVIRONMENT, DEMOGRAPHIC TRAITS

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