A review of the relationship between eggshell colour and water vapour conductance

Deeming, Charles (2011) A review of the relationship between eggshell colour and water vapour conductance. Avian Biology Research, 4 (4). pp. 224-230. ISSN 1758-1559

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3184/175815511X13207819436147

Abstract

This review brings together the available literature that examines the effect of variations in pigmentation on the gas conductance of avian eggshells. Pheasant and Houbara bustard eggs provide some evidence that shell abnormalities can impact upon colour and conductance. By contrast, data from wild birds suggest that neither the degree of maculation or intensity of ground colour impact upon gas conductance. Those studies that purport to show variation in rates of water loss in eggs with different degrees of pigmentation may have been confounded by variation in nest humidity. This emerging field of research remains very much in its infancy.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Egg, Bird, colour, water vapour conductance, Maculation
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C140 Developmental/Reproductive Biology
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:5152
Deposited By: Charles Deeming
Deposited On:07 May 2012 22:07
Last Modified:28 Aug 2014 12:09

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