Fecha de Publicación: 14 Jun 2017
Cita: Gomez-Hoyos DA., Gil-Férnandez M., Gonzalez-Maya JF. y Escobedo-Galvan AH. 2017. Communal egg-laying and thermal isolation in a nest of Erythrolamprus epinephelus (Dipsadidae). North-Western Journal of Zoology 13(1):183-185.

Communal egg-laying and thermal isolation in a nest of Erythrolamprus epinephelus (Dipsadidae)

The costs and benefits of selecting sites that contain conspecifics have attracted considerable research

The explanation of communal oviposition in reptiles is focused mainly on the constraint hypotheses, where suitable oviposition sites are constrained by high population density and/or heterogeneous environment, and the adaptive hypotheses, which involves both females and offspring fitness benefits.

Adaptively speaking, the explanations for communal nesting include metabolic heating, tending of nests by multiple females, and saturation of nesting sites to reduce risk of predation. This paper are inadequate to support that conspecific communal oviposition in the studied species could be explained by the scarcity of suitable nest sites.

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