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different mechanisms lead to convergence of reproductive strategies in two lacertid lizards (takydromus wolteri and eremias argus).life history traits may vary within and among species. rarely, however, are both variations examined concurrently to identify the life history adaptation. we found that female body size, offspring number and size, and incubation period showed convergent evolution in two lacertid lizards (takydromus wolteri and eremias argus) that occur sympatrically in high-latitude and low-latitude localities. females from the high-latitude population were larger and produced larger clutches than those from the ...201323152168
detection of sfts virus in ixodes nipponensis and amblyomma testudinarium (ixodida: ixodidae) collected from reptiles in the republic of korea.a survey of reptile-associated ticks and their infection status with severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (sfts) virus was conducted to determine the relative abundance and distribution among lizards, skinks, and snakes in the republic of korea (rok). in total, 132 reptiles, including 49 lizards (two species), 15 skinks (one species), and 68 snakes (eight species) were collected. in total, 84 ixodid ticks belonging to two genera (ixodes and amblyomma) were collected from 28/132 (21.2%) li ...201626957392
the distribution and frequency of endocrine cells in the splenic lobe of grass lizard (takydromus wolteri). an immunohistochemical study.the regional distribution and frequency of the pancreatic endocrine cells in the splenic lobe of grass lizard, takydromus wolteri, were studied by immunohistochemical (pap) method using six types of specific mammalian antisera against bovine sp-1/chromogranin (bcg), serotonin, insulin, glucagon, somatostatin and human pancreatic polypeptide (hpp). the pancreas was subdivided into two regions--islet kike and exocrine regions. the frequency of each immunoreactive (ir) endocrine cells was calculate ...200415718210
an immunohistochemical study of endocrine cells in the alimentary tract of the grass lizard, takydromus wolteri fischer (laceridae).distribution patterns and the relative frequency of different types of endocrine cells were demonstrated in the alimentary tract of the grass lizard, takydromus wolteri, using nine specific antibodies raised against mammalian regulatory peptides. the alimentary tract of the lizard was divided into six portions from the esophagus to the rectum. most endocrine cells were found in the epithelial lining and were generally spindle shaped with long cytoplasmic processes ending in the lumen (open cell ...200415147638
the complete mitochondrial genome of takydromus wolteri (squamata: lacertidae).the mitochondrial genome of takydromus wolteri (squamata: lacertidae) is a circular molecule of 18,236 bp in length, containing 13 protein-coding genes, 2 ribosomal rnas, 22 transfer rnas, and a control region. the a+t content of the overall base composition of h-strand is 62% (t: 30.7%, c: 24.5%, a: 31.3%, g: 13.5%). all of the 13 protein-coding genes begin with atg as start codon. nd1, atp8, atp6, nd3, nd4l, nd5, and cyt b genes are terminated with taa as stop codon, coi ends with agg, nd2 end ...201322943567
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