Shape variability of the head of Ophisops elegans Menetries, 1832 (Reptilia: Lacertidae) from Konya, Turkey


Tayhan Y., Yakin B. Y. , Tok C. V.

ITALIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, vol.83, no.2, pp.208-212, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 83 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/11250003.2016.1153163
  • Title of Journal : ITALIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.208-212

Abstract

Ophisops elegans is a widely distributed lizard species. Like other lacertids, O. elegans has characteristic head plates. In this paper, the variation of the head plate morphology between sexes was studied in the subspecies Ophisops elegans centralanatoliae. According to our results, both size and shape of the head plates show sexual dimorphism. The most remarkable shape difference between sexes is observed in the parietal region. In addition, the ontogentic allometry of the head plate shapes was investigated.