Studies on the lizard, Anolis sagrei, revealed that after Hurricane Floyd devastated the Bahamas in 1999, some populations consisted only of hatchlings. Because the storm surge of the hurricane completely inundated these islands, apparently for up to 6 h, survival of anole eggs in salt water for such periods is implied. To test this hypothesis directly, we placed A. sagrei eggs in saltwater for 3 or 6 h with unimmersed eggs serving as the control. Hatching success and incubation time did not differ among the three treatments. These findings help explain the persistence of anole populations on small islands vulnerable to hurricanes.
Losos, Jonathan BSchoener, Thomas WSpiller, David AengResearch Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.Germany2003/08/12 05:00Oecologia. 2003 Nov;137(3):360-2. Epub 2003 Aug 9.