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Divergence in Morphology, Clinging Ability and Self-Righting Ability of Two Sympatric Box Turtles (Cuora)

Divergence in Morphology, Clinging Ability and Self-Righting Ability of Two Sympatric Box Turtles (Cuora)

Fanrong Xiao, Jichao Wang and Haitao Shi*

Ministry of Education Key Laboratory for Ecology of Tropical Islands, College of Life Sciences, Hainan Normal University, Haikou 571158, People’s Republic of China

*      Corresponding author: haitao-shi@263.net

Fig. 1.

External morphology of Cuora mouhotii (left) and C. galbinifrons (right). Taken by H. Shi.

Fig. 2.

Clinging ability of two Cuora spp. Values indicate the mean ± SD maximum clinging ability, which was measured as the maximum slope at which turtles slid off a rough wood board. Asterisks indicate significant differences (**P < 0.001), according to a two-sample Student’s t-test.

Fig. 3

Self-righting ability of two Cuora spp. Values and error bars indicate the mean±SD minimum righting time and self-righting success rate. Asterisks indicate significant differences (**P < 0.001), according to two-sampled Student’s t-test.

Pakistan Journal of Zoology

February

Vol. 53, Iss. 1, Pages 1-400

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