Journal of Comparative Physiology B

, Volume 183, Issue 5, pp 663–673 | Cite as

Performance correlates of resting metabolic rate in garden skinks Lampropholis delicata

  • Lucy Merritt
  • Philip G. D. Matthews
  • Craig R. White
Original Paper


Resting metabolic rates can vary greatly between individuals of the same species. These differences are generally repeatable and show moderate-to-high heritability, suggesting that they could be a target for natural selection. The present study therefore aimed to determine if inter-individual differences in resting metabolic rates (RMR) in garden skinks Lampropholis delicata were associated with inter-individual differences in a suite of physiological and behavioural variables: aerobic capacity, burst sprinting speed and thermal preference. Whole-animal measures of aerobic capacity and RMR were significantly positively correlated, but mass-independent measures were not. Burst sprinting speed and thermal preference were also not correlated with RMR.


Thermal preference Aerobic capacity Sprint speed 



Cameron Schofield, Natalie Schimpf, Daniel Hancox, Benjamin Barth, Candice Bywater and Skye Cameron provided help with animal capture; Roberto Nespolo and an anonymous reviewer provided comments that helped us improve an earlier version of the manuscript. This research was supported by the Australian Research Council (projects DP0879605 and DP0987626).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lucy Merritt
    • 1
  • Philip G. D. Matthews
    • 1
  • Craig R. White
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Biological SciencesThe University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia

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