Lipid utilization in the reproductive effort of female Kinosternon flavescens
Long, David Robert
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Kinosternon flavescens maintains the highest lipid index of all reported turtles. Juveniles had larger lipid stores than females during most of the activity period. Chelonian lipid reserves show annual variation with egg development constituting a primary demand for stored lipids. Lipid incorporation in ovarian follicles occurred at a constant rate and at direct expense of the female's lipid reserve. The mean lipid index of oviducal eggs was higher than that reported for other chelonians. No correlation was evident between the lipid index of females and that of their oviducal eggs. Individual egg mass and clutch size increased with size of the female. The lipid index of oviducal eggs increased with clutch size.