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Iiyambo, N., Eifler, D., Marais, E. and Kirchhof, S. 2016. Meroles anchietae: Size, growth and longevity. African Herp News, 63: 12-15


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Meroles anchietae: Size, growth and longevity.

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On 18 December 2011, an adult male Meroles anchietae was captured and marked with four red beads ('RRRR') by DE at Station Dune (23° 34' 9.74" S, 15° 2' 30.10" E) in the immediate vicinity of Gobabeb Research Station, Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia during a mark-recapture study (unpubl. data). Individuals were permanently marked using a technique developed by Fisher & Muth (1989) where coloured beads are surgically attached to the base of the tail (Fig. 1), allowing identification by code (different combinations of coloured beads). When captured, snoutto-vent length (SVL) and tail length (TL) were determined using a millimeter ruler, sex was determined using a probe inserted into the cloaca, and mass was recorded to the nearest 0.1 g using a spring scale (Pesola, PESOLA AG, Switzerland) (Table 1). On 6 January 2013, the same individual was recaptured in the same area by DE during another study (unpubl. data) that aimed to assess the influence of environmental and habitat factors on the foraging behavior of M. anchietae. Newly captured individual lizards were marked with beads as described above.

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