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INT-GTR-316: Desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii): status-of-knowledge outline with references

Grover, Mark C.; DeFalco, Lesley A. 1995. Desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii): status-of-knowledge outline with references. Gen. Tech. Rep. INT-GTR-316. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Intermountain Research Station. 134 p.

Provides an overview of extant desert tortoise literature, summarizing literature on taxonomy, morphology, genetics, and paleontology and paleoecology of the desert tortoise, as well as its general ecology. Literature on desert tortoise ecology encompasses distribution and habitat, burrows and dens, reproduction, growth, physiology, feeding and nutrition, mortality factors, and behavior. Information on habitat deterioration, management of tortoises, their legal status and tortoise husbandry is also included. The manuscript is a complete overview of existing literature, including peerreviewed literature and other literature. Information was compiled from materials available in 1991.

Keywords: bibliographies, reference works, endangered species, taxonomy, morphology, genetics, ecology, paleontology

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Title: INT-GTR-316: Desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii): status-of- knowledge outline with references
Publish Date: August 15, 2008
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August 15, 2008

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