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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904809/a-revision-of-tetrapod-footprints-from-the-late-carboniferous-of-the-west-midlands-uk
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Luke E Meade, Andrew S Jones, Richard J Butler
A series of sandstone slabs from Hamstead, Birmingham (West Midlands, UK), preserve an assemblage of tetrapod trackways and individual tracks from the Enville Member of the Salop Formation (late Carboniferous: late Moscovian-Kasimovian). This material has received limited previous study, despite being one of the few British sites to preserve Carboniferous tetrapod footprints. Here, we restudy and revise the taxonomy of this material, and document it using 3D models produced using photogrammetry. The assemblage is dominated by large tracks assigned to Limnopus isp...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903777/repeated-evolution-of-viviparity-in-phrynosomatid-lizards-constrained-interspecific-diversification-in-some-life-history-traits
#2
J Jaime Zúñiga-Vega, Jesualdo A Fuentes-G, Alison G Ossip-Drahos, Emília P Martins
In vertebrates, viviparity has evolved independently multiple times, apparently increasing morphological diversification and speciation rates as a consequence. We tested whether the evolution of viviparity has also increased diversification of life-history traits by estimating evolutionary rates of lizards from the North American family Phrynosomatidae. Using modern phylogenetic comparative methods, we compared these rates between oviparous and viviparous species, and found no support for this hypothesis. Instead, we found higher evolutionary rates for oviparous species in some life-history traits...
November 2016: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902893/nematode-parasites-of-teiid-lizards-from-the-brazilian-amazon-rainforest
#3
Lilian Cristina Macedo, Scott L Gardner, Francisco Tiago Vasconcelos Melo, Teresa Cristina Sauer Avila-Pires, Elane Guerreiro Giese, Jeannie Nascimento Dos Santos
This study presents the helminth composition and parameters of infection by several species of nematodes in teiid lizards, Ameiva a. ameiva (Linnaeus, 1758), Cnemidophorus cryptus Cole & Dessauer, 1993, and Kentropyx calcarata Spix, 1825 from the Brazilian Amazonian Rainforest. The lizard populations we studied were parasitized by six species of Nemata, including: Spinicauda spinicauda (Olfers, 1919), Parapharyngodon alvarengai Freitas, 1957, Physaloptera sp. (adults), Physaloptera sp. (larvae), Piratuba digiticauda Lent and Freitas, 1941, and Anisakidae (larvae)...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897980/protective-effects-of-%C3%AE-tocopherol-%C3%AE-tocopherol-and-oleic-acid-three-compounds-of-olive-oils-and-no-effect-of-trolox-on-7-ketocholesterol-induced-mitochondrial-and-peroxisomal-dysfunction-in-microglial-bv-2-cells
#4
Meryam Debbabi, Thomas Nury, Amira Zarrouk, Nadia Mekahli, Maryem Bezine, Randa Sghaier, Stéphane Grégoire, Lucy Martine, Philippe Durand, Emmanuelle Camus, Anne Vejux, Aymen Jabrane, Lionel Bretillon, Michel Prost, Thibault Moreau, Sofien Ben Ammou, Mohamed Hammami, Gérard Lizard
Lipid peroxidation products, such as 7-ketocholesterol (7KC), may be increased in the body fluids and tissues of patients with neurodegenerative diseases and trigger microglial dysfunction involved in neurodegeneration. It is therefore important to identify synthetic and natural molecules able to impair the toxic effects of 7KC. We determined the impact of 7KC on murine microglial BV-2 cells, especially its ability to trigger mitochondrial and peroxisomal dysfunction, and evaluated the protective effects of α- and γ-tocopherol, Trolox, and oleic acid (OA)...
November 25, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891220/diversification-in-wild-populations-of-the-model-organism-anolis-carolinensis-a-genome-wide-phylogeographic-investigation
#5
Joseph D Manthey, Marc Tollis, Alan R Lemmon, Emily Moriarty Lemmon, Stéphane Boissinot
The green anole (Anolis carolinensis) is a lizard widespread throughout the southeastern United States and is a model organism for the study of reproductive behavior, physiology, neural biology, and genomics. Previous phylogeographic studies of A. carolinensis using mitochondrial DNA and small numbers of nuclear loci identified conflicting and poorly supported relationships among geographically structured clades; these inconsistencies preclude confident use of A. carolinensis evolutionary history in association with morphological, physiological, or reproductive biology studies among sampling localities and necessitate increased effort to resolve evolutionary relationships among natural populations...
November 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890294/oncology-of-reptiles-diseases-diagnosis-and-treatment
#6
REVIEW
Jane Christman, Michael Devau, Heather Wilson-Robles, Sharman Hoppes, Raquel Rech, Karen E Russell, J Jill Heatley
Based on necropsy review, neoplasia in reptiles has a comparable frequency to that of mammals and birds. Reptile neoplasia is now more frequently diagnosed in clinical practice based on increased use of advanced diagnostic techniques and improvements in reptilian husbandry allowing greater longevity of these species. This article reviews the current literature on neoplasia in reptiles, and focuses on advanced diagnostics and therapeutic options for reptilian patientssuffering neoplastic disease. Although most applied clinical reptile oncology is translated from dog and cat oncology, considerations specific to reptilian patients commonly encountered in clinical practice (turtles, tortoises, snakes, and lizards) are presented...
January 2017: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Exotic Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889916/precipitation-alters-interactions-in-a-grassland-ecological-community
#7
Nicolas Deguines, Justin S Brashares, Laura R Prugh
1.Climate change is transforming precipitation regimes worldwide. Changes in precipitation regimes are known to have powerful effects on plant productivity, but the consequences of these shifts for the dynamics of ecological communities are poorly understood. This knowledge gap hinders our ability to anticipate and mitigate the impacts of climate change on biodiversity. 2.Precipitation may affect fauna through direct effects on physiology, behavior or demography, through plant-mediated indirect effects, or by modifying interactions among species...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889831/an-ecophysiological-background-for-biogeographic-patterns-of-two-island-lizards
#8
Miguel A Carretero, Evandro P Lopes, Raquel Vasconcelos
Distributions of sedentary ectotherms are dependent on temperature and humidity due to their low homeostatic and dispersal abilities. Lizards are strongly conditioned by temperature, but hydric environment may be also important, at least in arid environments. Biotic interactions may also play a role in range patterns, but they are of minor importance in islands where native species monopolize well-delimited niche spaces. On the arid island of São Vicente (Cabo Verde), two endemic lizards display different spatial patterns...
December 2016: Die Naturwissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882652/embryonic-developmental-process-governing-the-conspicuousness-of-body-stripes-and-blue-tail-coloration-in-the-lizard-plestiodon-latiscutatus
#9
Takeo Kuriyama, Masami Hasegawa
The combination of body stripes and vivid blue tail color has independently evolved in different lizard families. To understand how and when lizards developed this coloration, we microscopically compared the embryonic development of pigment cells in two island populations of Plestiodon latiscutatus that exhibit either striped and blue tailed or inconspicuously striped and blue tailed juveniles, based on the newly determined 12 normal developmental stages of embryos from shortly after egg laying to just before hatching...
November 23, 2016: Evolution & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882577/sesamoid-bones-in-tuatara-sphenodon-punctatus-investigated-with-x-ray-microtomography-and-implications-for-sesamoid-evolution-in-lepidosauria
#10
Sophie Regnault, John R Hutchinson, Marc E H Jones
Sesamoids bones are small intra-tendinous (or ligamentous) ossifications found near joints and are often variable between individuals. Related bones, lunulae, are found within the menisci of certain joints. Several studies have described sesamoids and lunulae in lizards and their close relatives (Squamata) as potentially useful characters in phylogenetic analysis, but their status in the extant outgroup to Squamata, tuatara (Sphenodon), remains unclear. Sphenodon is the only living rhynchocephalian, but museum specimens are valuable and difficult to replace...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870483/transcriptome-analysis-of-the-regenerating-tail-versus-the-scarring-limb-in-lizard-reveals-pathways-leading-to-successful-versus-unsuccessful-organ-regeneration-in-amniotes
#11
Nicola Vitulo, Luisa Dalla Valle, Tatjana Skobo, Giorgio Valle, Lorenzo Alibardi
BACKGROUND: lizards are amniotes regenerating the tail but not the limb and no information on their different gene expression is available. RESULTS: transcriptomes of regenerating tail and limb blastemas show differences in gene expression between the two organs. In tail blastema snoRNAs and Wnt signals appear up-regulated probably in association with the Apical Epidermal Peg (AEP), an epithelial region that sustains tail regeneration but is absent in the limb. A balance between pro-oncogenes and tumor suppressors is likely present in tail blastema allowing a regulated proliferation...
November 21, 2016: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870110/the-hematology-of-captive-bobtail-lizards-tiliqua-rugosa-blood-counts-light-microscopy-cytochemistry-and-ultrastructure
#12
Cheryl A Moller, Tibor Gaál, Jennifer N Mills
INTRODUCTION: Bobtail lizards (Tiliqua rugosa) are native to Australia. The only previous study on the hematology of this species documented just 6 animals. OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to characterize the light microscopy, ultrastructure and cytochemistry of blood cells, and evaluate CBCs of captive Bobtail lizards. METHODS: Over 2 consecutive summers, heparinized venous blood was collected from the ventral coccygeal vein of 46 clinically healthy, captive indoor- or outdoor-housed adult Bobtails...
November 21, 2016: Veterinary Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864892/introgression-of-mtdna-in-urosaurus-lizards-historical-and-ecological-processes
#13
Gregory J Haenel
Introgression of mtDNA appears common in animals but the implications of acquiring a novel mitochondrial genome are not well known. This study investigates mito-genome introgression between the lizard species Urosaurus graciosus, a thermal specialist, and U. ornatus, a species that occupies a wider range of thermal environments. As ectotherms, their metabolic rate is strongly influenced by the thermal environment; with mitochondria being linked to metabolic rates, overall energy budgets could be impacted by introgression...
November 19, 2016: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864050/ancestry-trumps-experience-transgenerational-but-not-early-life-stress-affects-the-adult-physiological-stress-response
#14
Gail L McCormick, Travis R Robbins, Sonia A Cavigelli, Tracy Langkilde
Exposure to stressors can affect an organism's physiology and behavior as well as that of its descendants (e.g. through maternal effects, epigenetics, and/or selection). We examined the relative influence of early life vs. transgenerational stress exposure on adult stress physiology in a species that has populations with and without ancestral exposure to an invasive predator. We raised offspring of eastern fence lizards (Sceloporus undulatus) from sites historically invaded (high stress) or uninvaded (low stress) by predatory fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) and determined how this different transgenerational exposure to stress interacted with the effects of early life stress exposure to influence the physiological stress response in adulthood...
November 15, 2016: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863094/resources-for-phylogenomic-analyses-of-australian-terrestrial-vertebrates
#15
Jason G Bragg, Sally Potter, Ke Bi, Renee Catullo, Stephen C Donnellan, Mark D B Eldridge, Leo Joseph, J Scott Keogh, Paul Oliver, Kevin C Rowe, Craig Moritz
High throughput sequencing methods promise to improve our ability to infer the evolutionary histories of lineages and to delimit species. These are exciting prospects for the study of Australian vertebrates, a group comprised of many globally unique lineages with a long history of isolation. The evolutionary relationships within many of these lineages have been difficult to resolve with small numbers of loci and we now know that many lineages also exhibit substantial cryptic diversity. Here, we present a set of phylogenetically diverse transcriptome resources to enable exon-based sequence capture studies of Australian vertebrates, including transcriptome sequences for 4 species of birds, 4 frogs, 7 lizards and 7 mammals...
November 8, 2016: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862531/gut-microbial-ecology-of-lizards-insights-into-diversity-in-the-wild-effects-of-captivity-variation-across-gut-regions-and-transmission
#16
Kevin D Kohl, Antonio Brun, Melisa Magallanes, Joshua Brinkerhoff, Alejandro Laspiur, Juan Carlos Acosta, Enrique Caviedes-Vidal, Seth R Bordenstein
Animals maintain complex associations with a diverse microbiota living in their guts. Our understanding of the ecology of these associations is extremely limited in reptiles. Here, we report an in-depth study into the microbial ecology of gut communities in three syntopic and viviparous lizard species (two omnivores: Liolaemus parvus and L. ruibali, and an herbivore: Phymaturus williamsi). Using 16S rRNA gene sequencing to inventory various bacterial communities, we elucidate four major findings: (i) closely-related lizard species harbor distinct gut bacterial microbiota that remain distinguishable in captivity; a considerable portion of gut bacterial diversity (39...
November 15, 2016: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860512/color-change-for-thermoregulation-versus-camouflage-in-free-ranging-lizards
#17
Kathleen R Smith, Viviana Cadena, John A Endler, Michael R Kearney, Warren P Porter, Devi Stuart-Fox
Animal coloration has multiple functions including thermoregulation, camouflage, and social signaling, and the requirements of each function may sometimes conflict. Many terrestrial ectotherms accommodate the multiple functions of color through color change. However, the relative importance of these functions and how color-changing species accommodate them when they do conflict are poorly understood because we lack data on color change in the wild. Here, we show that the color of individual radio-tracked bearded dragon lizards, Pogona vitticeps, correlates strongly with background color and less strongly, but significantly, with temperature...
December 2016: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859131/predators-suppress-herbivore-outbreaks-and-enhance-plant-recovery-following-hurricanes
#18
David A Spiller, Thomas W Schoener, Jonah Piovia-Scott
Understanding processes that may stabilize ecological systems confronted with rapidly changing environmental conditions is a key issue in ecology. We studied a system of highly fluctuating populations, the moth Achyra rantalis feeding on the plant Sesuvium portulacastrum in a group of small subtropical islands of the Bahamas. The plant is a prostrate inhabitant of shorelines, and consequently moths are highly vulnerable to being consumed by the ground-foraging lizard Anolis sagrei. We measured the percent ground cover of Sesuvium and abundance of Achyra on 11 islands with lizards present and 21 islands without lizards annually for 10 consecutive years...
October 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858931/tick-microbiome-and-pathogen-acquisition-altered-by-host-blood-meal
#19
Andrea Swei, Jessica Y Kwan
Lyme disease, a zoonotic disease, is the most prevalent vector-borne disease in the Northern Hemisphere. Diversity of the vector (tick) microbiome can impact pathogen transmission, yet the biotic and abiotic factors that drive microbiome diversity are largely unresolved, especially under natural, field conditions. We describe the microbiome of Ixodes pacificus ticks, the vector for Lyme disease in the western United States, and show a strong impact of host blood meal identity on tick microbiome species richness and composition...
November 18, 2016: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852763/adaptation-to-life-in-aeolian-sand-how-the-sandfish-lizard-scincus-scincus-prevents-sand-particles-from-entering-its-lungs
#20
Anna T Stadler, Boštjan Vihar, Mathias Günther, Michaela Huemer, Martin Riedl, Stephanie Shamiyeh, Bernhard Mayrhofer, Wolfgang Böhme, Werner Baumgartner
The sandfish lizard, Scincus scincus (Squamata: Scincidae), spends nearly its whole life in aeolian sand and only comes to the surface for foraging, defecating and mating. It is not yet understood how the animal can respire without sand particles entering its respiratory organs when buried under thick layers of sand. In this work, we integrated biological studies, computational calculations and physical experiments to understand this phenomenon. We present a 3D model of the upper respiratory system based on a detailed histological analysis...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
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