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Journal:   EXPERIMENTAL ANIMAL BIOLOGY   FALL 2017 , Volume 6 , Number 2 (22) #H0050; Page(s) 45 To 53.
 
Paper: 

THE STUDY OF SEXUAL DIMORPHISM IN THE BLACK-TAILED TOAD AGAMA (PHRYNOCEPHALUS MACULATUS MACULATUS) IN SEMNAN PROVINCE

 
Author(s):  HOJATI VIDA*, MALEKMOHAMMADI KALAHROUDI MAHSA, RAHMANI SOHEILA
 
* DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY, DAMGHAN BRANCH, ISLAMIC AZAD UNIVERSITY, DAMGHAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Black-tailed toad agama (Phrynocephalus maculatus maculatus) is one of the rare diurnal lizards belonging to Agamidae family that have been distributed in deserts and sandy areas in central and southern parts of Iran. This research was conducted in order to the study of sexual dimorphism in this species from April to August, 2013. Totally, 30 adult specimens including 15 males and 15 females were collected from four stations: Hasan Abad, Aliyan, Saleh Abad and Yazdan Abad in southern parts of Damghan County in daily patrols by hand. Results of present study showed that males and females of this species are not significantly different in body weight, body length, tail length, head length, head width, right and left supralabial and infralabial scales, and scales around the mid- body (p<0.01). Also, no significant differences were observed in body coloration and shape and arrangement of scales in both sexes. Therefore, there is no sexual dimorphism in the studied characters in Phrynocephalus maculatus maculatus in this area.

 
Keyword(s): AGAMIDAE, LIZARDS, PHRYNOCEPHALUS MACULATUS, SEXUAL DIMORPHISM
 
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