Age structure and growth in two Tunisian populations of green water frogs Rana saharica: a skeletochronological approach

Chokri Meddeb, Said Nouira, Tahar Larnine Cheniti, Patrick T. Walsh, J. R. Downie

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Abstract

Age structure was determined by skeletochronology in Tunisian Rana saharica from two pond sites, one permanent, and the other temporary. Frogs matured at age 3 years; no males older than 5 were found, whereas some females had reached 7 years. Age forage, females were larger than males, but the differences were not significant. There was no obvious difference in age/size relationships between the two ponds. The high variability in juvenile sizes may relate to different life history patterns, as suggested for Moroccan R. saharica.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-57
Number of pages4
JournalThe Herpetological Journal
Volume17
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007

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