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Allison Alberts

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520238541

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520238541.001.0001

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Sodium and Potassium Secretion by Iguana Salt Glands

Sodium and Potassium Secretion by Iguana Salt Glands

Acclimation or Adaptation?

(p.84) 6 Sodium and Potassium Secretion by Iguana Salt Glands

Lisa C Hazard

University of California Press

This chapter is concerned with electrolyte regulation in herbivorous reptiles, especially those living in marine and intertidal habitats. It discusses the distribution of salt glands among the lizard taxa and the extent to which different species can modify their sodium and potassium secretion. Modification of salt secretion may give lizards flexibility in acclimating or adapting to changes in dietary salinity. The chapter also examines other aspects of salt secretion that might be important for marine lizard evolution.

Keywords:   electrolyte regulation, salt glands, lizard, sodium secretion, potassium secretion, salt secretion, dietary salinity

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