Energetic costs of tail loss in a montane scincid lizard

Doughty, Paul, Shine, Richard and Lee, Michael S. Y. (2003) Energetic costs of tail loss in a montane scincid lizard. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 135 2: 215-219. doi:10.1016/S1095-6433(03)00087-4


Author Doughty, Paul
Shine, Richard
Lee, Michael S. Y.
Title Energetic costs of tail loss in a montane scincid lizard
Journal name Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1095-6433
Publication date 2003-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S1095-6433(03)00087-4
Volume 135
Issue 2
Start page 215
End page 219
Total pages 5
Place of publication New York, N.Y. U.S.A.
Publisher Elsevier Science Inc
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
270603 Animal Physiology - Systems
780105 Biological sciences
Abstract Most species of lizards will shed their tails at the point of contact when grasped by a predator. We investigated the energetic consequences of tail loss by measuring lipids in a scincid lizard that stores energy in its tail for reproduction. Most of the lipids were concentrated in the proximal portion of the tail. Thus, partial tail loss may not severely affect energy stores if the distal portion of the tail is shed in predatory encounters. We also found that the width of the tail was a reliable non-invasive index of energy reserves in this species. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Inc. All rights reserved.
Keyword Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Physiology
Zoology
Anti-predator Defence
Caudal Autotomy
Energetic Index
Eulamprus Tympanum
Lipids
Lizards
Uta-stansburiana
Autotomy
Skink
Storage
Quoyii
Stores
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2004 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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