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Chemical Composition and Structure of the Eggshell of Three Oviparous Lizards

Osborne, Louise; Thompson, Michael


We investigated the structure of the eggshells of the oviparous scincid lizards, Lampropholis guichenoti and L. delicata, and the agamid Physignathus lesueurii. The eggshells of all three species consisted of an outer calcareous layer, a fibrous shell membrane, and an inner boundary layer. The eggshells of P. lesueurii had an additional amorphous layer between the calcareous and fibrous layers. The calcareous layer of all shells was relatively thin and contained calcium carbonate in the form of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Copeia


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