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Vol. 41, No. 3-5, 1993
Issue release date: 1993
Section title: Chemosensing and Chemosignaling in Reptiles
Brain Behav Evol 1993;41:255–260
(DOI:10.1159/000113847)

Chemical and Behavioral Studies of Femoral Glad Secretions in Iguanid Lizards

Alberts A.C.
Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species, Zoologies Society of San Diego, San Diego, Calif., USA

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Abstract of Chemosensing and Chemosignaling in Reptiles

Published online: January 17, 2008
Issue release date: 1993

Number of Print Pages: 6
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0006-8977 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9743 (Online)

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Abstract

Comparative studies on the chemistry and behavioral significance of femoral gland secretions in desert iguanas (Dipsosaurus dorsalis) and green iguanas (Iguana iguana) are reviewed. Field and laboratory studies suggest that femoral gland secretions function in conspecific recognition and range marking. In desert iguanas, secretions are of low volatility and may be detected initially using long-range ultraviolet visual cues. In contrast, green iguana secretions contain a diversity of volatile lipids and appear to be localized by chemoreception. Interspecific differences in femoral gland chemistry may reflect adaptations to the diverse climatic conditions of arid desert and tropical forest environments.

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Abstract of Chemosensing and Chemosignaling in Reptiles

Published online: January 17, 2008
Issue release date: 1993

Number of Print Pages: 6
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0006-8977 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9743 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/BBE


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