Selection of egg attachment sites by the Indian Golden Gecko Calodactylodes aureus (Beddome, 1870) (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) in Andhra Pradesh, India

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R. Sreekar
C. Srinivasulu
M. Seetharamaraju
C.A. Srinivasulu

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Some geckos lay eggs at communal egg deposition sites with as many as 300 eggs per site. Selection of egg deposition sites is important to avoid egg damage and predation. We investigated survival rates of communal egg clutches of the Indian Golden Gecko Calodactylodes aureus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae). Our results show that communal clutches have a higher survival rate in sites with water bodies and without anthropogenic activities, in comparison to sites having the opposite combination. These findings are discussed in the context of the status of this gecko.

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Sreekar, R., Srinivasulu, C., Seetharamaraju, M. and Srinivasulu, C. 2010. Selection of egg attachment sites by the Indian Golden Gecko Calodactylodes aureus (Beddome, 1870) (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) in Andhra Pradesh, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 2, 11 (Oct. 2010), 1268–1272. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/JoTT.o2393.1268-72.
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Author Biographies

R. Sreekar

Mr. R. Sreekar is an independent field researcher attached with Biodiversity Research and Conservation Society, Secunderabad. His interest lies in herpetofauna and ornithology.

C. Srinivasulu

Dr. C. Srinivasulu is Assistant Professor in Department of Zoology. He is the head of the research laboratory at Osmania University that focuses on biodiversity inventorying, conservation, ecology and animal taxonomy with special reference to Eastern Ghats and Godavari River basin in Andhra Pradesh.

M. Seetharamaraju

Mr. M. Seetharamaraju is pursuing his doctoral work on snake diversity and taxonomy in Telengana region of Andhra Pradesh at Department of Zoology, Osmania University, Hyderabad, under the supervision of Dr. C. Srinivasulu. He is interested in documenting and studying biodiversity in Andhra Pradesh.

C.A. Srinivasulu

Mast. C. Aditya Srinivasulu is a student researcher with Biodiversity Research and Conservation Society in Secunderabad. His interest lies in biodiversity studies and conservation education.

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