Ontogeny, phylogeny, and mechanisms of adaptive changes in evaporative water loss in geckos

Zuzana Starostova, Martin Hluben, Lukas Kratochvil & Lumir Gvozdik
Body-size dependence of metabolic rate, body surface and scale morphology complicate disentangling the contribution of these characteristics to adaptive changes in total evaporative water loss (TEWL) of reptiles. To separate adaptive changes from size-related dependence, we compared intra- and interspecific scaling of several candidate traits in eyelid geckos (Eublepharidae), a group exhibiting large variation in body size and TEWL. The intraspecific allometry of TEWL of an eublepharid species fits the geometric surface-mass relationship. However, evolutionary...
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