Home

About

Advanced Search

Browse by Discipline

Scientific Societies

E-print Alerts

Add E-prints

E-print Network
FAQHELPSITE MAPCONTACT US


  Advanced Search  

 
Life history traits, age profile, and conservation of the panther chameleon, Furcifer pardalis
 

Summary: Life history traits, age profile, and conservation
of the panther chameleon, Furcifer pardalis
(Cuvier 1829), at Nosy Be, NW Madagascar
F. ANDREONE 1, F.M. GUARINO 2 and J.E. RANDRIANIRINA 3
1 Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, Via G. Giolitti 36, I-10123 Torino, Italy
(E-mail: f.andreone@libero.it)
2 Dipartimento di Biologia Strutturale e Funzionale, UniversitÓ di Napoli "Federico II",
Via Cintia, I-80126 Napoli, Italy (E-mail: fabio.guarino@unina.it)
3 Parc Botanique et Zoologique de Tsimbazaza, BP 4096, Antananarivo (101),
Madagascar (E-mail: randrianirina@refer.mg)
Received 28 February 2005, accepted 24 June 2005
The morphometry, age structure, and abundance of the panther chameleon
Furcifer pardalis (Cuvier 1829) were studied at Nosy Be (NW Madagascar). Males
were larger and heavier than females (SVL, 138.38 ▒ 35.94 vs 91.92 ▒ 18.48 mm;
mass, 61.06 ▒ 39.86 vs 22.62 ▒ 13.17 g). The age, assessed by skeletochronology,
was usually less than one year, with a maximum of 2 years. The density esti-
mate for adult individuals was higher along roads (42.21/ha) than in agricultural
habitats far from roads (17.43/ha). Compared to other species of Malagasy cha-
meleons, F. pardalis is infrequent in pristine and close forests, while, like other
Furcifer species, it is more closely associated with riverine habitats. The higher

  

Source: Andreone, Franco - Zoology Department, Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali di Torino

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine; Environmental Sciences and Ecology