Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Energetics, osmoregulation, and food consumption by free-living desert lizards, Ctenophorus (= Amphibolurus) nuchalis

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Amphibia-Reptilia

The ecophysiology of the agamid lizard Ctenophorus nuchalis was studied near Shark Bay, Western Australia, during three seasons, over four years, in order to evaluate seasonal and year-to-year variation in energy and material balance, and to compare this agamid with similar-sized iguanid lizards. We measured water influx and efflux rates and field metabolic rates with doubly-labelled water, sodium fluxes with radiosodium, and osmotic status (plasma osmotic and ionic concentrations) in free-ranging adults of both sexes, as well as juveniles. Feeding rates were calculated from diet composition information in conjunction with rates of water and sodium intake, and body condition indices were also determined. There were marked seasonal and year-to-year differences in body condition, and in rates of body mass gain or loss, and these correlated with drought periods. Rates of resource use were highest in spring, and declined through summer and autumn, and rates were lowest during 1983, a year having unusually low winter rainfall. Hatchlings, which emerged in autumn, were able to find and capture food resources, even though adults were eating little during that season. The annual pattern of energy, water and salt balance in this agamid lizard is quite similar to that of an equivalent-sized iguanid lizard.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Biology, University of California, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024-1606, USA; 2: Department of Zoology, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA 6009, Australia


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Amphibia-Reptilia — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation