Title

Clutch hydration following ovipositions by urination may reduce dessication in thorny devil (Moloch horridus) eggs

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Royal Society of Western Australia

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Natural Sciences

RAS ID

2481

Comments

Originally published as: Ladyman, M. T., & Thompson, S. A. (2003). Clutch hydration following oviposition by urination may reduce desiccation in thorny devil (Moloch horridus) eggs. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 86, 83-84. . Original article available here

Abstract

During fieldwork in the eastern goldfields, a gravid female thorny devil (Moloch horridus) was collected. Whilst held in captivity the female deposited eight eggs in a calico bag and apparently urinated over the clutch. We propose that thorny devils may hydrate their eggs after oviposition to reduce desiccation during development in the nesting burrow. This may lead to a fitness increase for the offspring at hatching in the form of increased hatchling size

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