Preliminary data on the reproductive characteristics and diet in an insular population of the lacertid lizard Algyroides nigropunctatus
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We present basic data on the female reproductive traits and diet of the lacertid lizard Algyroides nigropunctatus from Bisage island in Lake Skadar (Montenegro) in late spring. Individual females commonly laid clutches of three (range 2 - 5) eggs with an average mass of 0.40 g. At least two clutches were produced in a breeding season. The female body size had no effect on clutch and egg size. There was no evidence of the predicted trade-off between egg size and clutch size. The diet was composed of various types of invertebrates, basically small arthropods, and also small amounts of plant material. Araneae and Coleoptera were the most common and the most important food items.