Revista mexicana de biodiversidad
versión impresa ISSN 1870-3453
CASTRO-FRANCO, Rubén; BUSTOS-ZAGAL, María Guadalupe y MENDEZ-DE LA CRUZ, Fausto R.. Variation in parental investment and relative clutch mass of the spiny-tail iguana, Ctenosaura pectinata (Squamata: Iguanidae) in central México. Rev. Mex. Biodiv. [online]. 2011, vol.82, n.1, pp. 199-204. ISSN 1870-3453.
We measured the length, width, volume, and weight of 871 freshly laid eggs of 28 clutches of Ctenosaura pectinata. The iguanas were obtained from a tropical dry forest area in central Mexico. The relative clutch mass was related positively to the average egg weight but not to average egg volume. Unlike what usually occurs in lizards, where the body length strongly predicts egg production, in C. pectinata clutch size and egg size were not correlated with female weight or snout-vent length. Observed differences revealed variation in the weight-size of the egg within an individual clutch. Therefore, there is not an optimization of the egg in the studied population of Ctenosaura, as usually occurs in small lizards. This variation associated with reproduction takes place in the middle of the dry season, and may be interpreted as an adaptation to facilitate the adjustment of different phenotypes in environments with extreme drought.
Palabras llave : Ctenosaura pectinata; Mexico; parental investment; clutch variation.