Artículos de revistas
Growth-Mark Formation and Chronology of Two Neotropical Anuran Species
Marangoni, Federico; Schaefer, Eduardo Federico; Cajade, Rodrigo; Tejedo, Miguel; Growth-Mark Formation and Chronology of Two Neotropical Anuran Species; Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles; Journal of Herpetology; 43; 3; 9-2009; 546-550
Schaefer, Eduardo Federico
In amphibians from tropical or subtropical regions well-expressed growth marks in bone could be expected because of the existence of strong dry/wet seasons, but little evidence is available. Additionally, temporal patterns of growth-mark formation may be a function of genetic and environmental factors. We used skeletochronology and a laboratory experiment to tease apart both causal sources, establishing direct correspondence between an observed pattern of bone growth and the actual age of Ceratophrys cranwelli and Dermatonotus muelleri from the subtropical Argentinean Chaco. Also, we describe the growth by application of the von Bertalanffy model. Growth rates decreased in both species, tending to reach asymptotic values at age 8-10 months after metamorphosis. Both species clearly exhibited haematoxylinophilic lines of arrested growth (LAG) after one year growing in captivity. These results reinforce the hypothesis that in subtropical climates the LAG formation is ultimately caused by a general intrinsic (genetic) control.