Terminology Description
Terminology Description
Crocodilian A member of the order Crocodylia, a group which includes crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharials.
Incubation The act of incubating eggs; that is, keeping them warm so that development is possible.
Territorial An animal, a pair of animals or a colony that occupies and defends an area.
Territory An area occupied and defended by an animal, a pair of animals or a colony.
Ectothermic Animals which must use heat acquired from the environment and behavioral adaptations to regulate body temperature.
Heterothermic Having a body temperature that fluctuates with that of the immediate environment; having no mechanism or a poorly developed mechanism for regulating internal body temperature (or), Animals that have little or no ability to regulate their body temperature, body temperatures fluctuate with the temperature of their environment, often referred to as 'cold blooded'.
Bilateral Symmetry Having body symmetry such that the animal can be divided in one plane into two mirror image halves. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends. Synapomorphy of the Bilateria.
Iteroparous Offspring are produced in more than one group (litters, clutches, etc.) and across multiple seasons (or other periods hospitable to reproduction). Iteroparous animals must, by definition, survive over multiple seasons (or periodic condition changes).
Seasonal Breeding Breeding is confined to a particular season.
Gonochoric Animals in which the sexes are separate, each individual being unisexual, either male or female, such as in most vertebrates.
Oviparous Reproduction in which eggs are released by the female; development of offspring occurs outside the mother's body.
Egg tooth Temporary modified epidermis.
Palatal valve Fleshy extension at the rear of lower palate/ tongue covering the opening to the back of the throat.