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The causes and consequences of social structuring in Egernia whitii : implications for understanding the evolution of sociality


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While, Geoffrey Malcolm 2009 , 'The causes and consequences of social structuring in Egernia whitii : implications for understanding the evolution of sociality', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:While, Geoffrey Malcolm
Keywords: Social behavior in animals, White's skink, Egernia, Skinks, Lizards
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Available for use in the Library and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (PhD)--University of Tasmania, 2009. Includes bibliographical references. Introduction: Egernia and the evolution of sociality -- Section I. Variation in social, mating, and parental care strategies in Egernia whitii. Ch. 1. Within-population variation in social strategies characterise the social and mating system of an Australian lizard, Egernia whitii -- Ch. 2. Family conflict and the evolution of sociality in reptiles -- Section II. Behavioural phenotypes and the maintenance of social strategies. Ch. 3. Consistent individual variation in female aggression predicts mode of paternity acquisition in a social lizard -- Ch. 4. Maternal care in a social lizard: links between female aggression and offspring fitness -- Section III. Birthing asynchrony: natural variation, proximate and ultimate causes, and environmental dependent plasticity. Ch. 5. Birthing asynchrony is not a consequence of asynchronous offspring development in a non-avian vertebrate, the Australian skins, Egernia whitii --Are there benefits to being born asynchronously? An experimental test in a social lizard -- Ch. 7. Effects of temperature on birth spread in a viviparous lizard (Egernia whitii): consequences for offspring phenotype and fitness -- Discussion: Research synthesis and future directions -- Appendix 1. Offspring performance and adaptive prolongation of pregnancy: experimental tests in a viviparous lizard -- Appendix 2. Evaluation of offspring size-number invariants in twelve species of lizard

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