Ecology of the growth of Anolis nebulosus (Squamata: Dactyloidae) in a seasonal tropical environment in the Chamela region, Jalisco, Mexico

Uriel Hernández-Salinas, Aurelio Ramírez-Bautista*, Raciel Cruz-Elizalde, Shai Meiri, Christian Berriozabal-Islas

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Juvenile growth rates are thought to be restricted by available food resources. In animals that grow throughout the year, such as tropical lizards, growth is therefore predicted to be faster during the rainy season. We test this prediction using a population of Anolis nebulosusby describing the growth trajectories of both sexes using nonlinear regression models, and we then correlate the growth rates of individuals with food available in the environment, precipitation, and temperature. The Von Bertalanffy model fits the growth rates of the females better, while the logistic-by-length model fits the males better. According to both models, the males grew faster than females, reaching slightly smaller sizes at adulthood. Males reached sexual maturity when 35 mm long, at an age of seven months, and females matured at 37 mm (SVL), taking nine months to reach this size. In 1989, juvenile males and females grew more in both seasons (rainy and dry) than adults; for 1990, there were no differences by season or between age classes. These results are interesting since in the 1989 and 1990 rainy seasons, practically the same orders of prey and the greatest abundance of prey available in the environment were registered. A possible explanation could be that predation was more intense in 1990 than in 1989. There is little evidence that food, temperature, and humidity affect growth rates of A. nebulosus, refuting our predictions. This is mainly due to the low variation in growth observed in 1990. Therefore we think that the growth of this species reflects a complex combination of ecological and genetic factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2061-2071
Number of pages11
JournalEcology and Evolution
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2019


FundersFunder number
Secretaría de Investigación y Posgrado, Instituto Politécnico Nacional2017-0838, SIP 2015-0951


    • Chamela Jalisco
    • Von Bertalanffy model
    • age class
    • capture–recapture
    • growth parameters
    • sexual maturity


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