Dietary Vitamin D in female rock lizards induces condition-transfer effects in their offspring

Gonzalo Rodríguez-Ruiz, Pilar López & José Martín
One way that maternal effects may benefit the offspring is by informing them about the characteristics of the environment. Through gestation, environmentally induced maternal effects might promote in the offspring specific behavioral responses like dispersal or residence, according to their new habitat characteristics. Females of the Carpetan rock lizard (Iberolacerta cyreni) seem to choose their home ranges using the smell of provitamin D3 in scent marks produced by males. Here, we supplemented gravid females of...
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