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Research Article

Life-History and Spatial Determinants of Somatic Growth Dynamics in Komodo Dragon Populations

  • Rebecca J. Laver,

    Affiliation: Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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  • Deni Purwandana,

    Affiliation: The Komodo Survival Program, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

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  • Achmad Ariefiandy,

    Affiliation: The Komodo Survival Program, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

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  • Jeri Imansyah,

    Affiliation: The Komodo Survival Program, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

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  • David Forsyth,

    Affiliation: Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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  • Claudio Ciofi,

    Affiliation: Department of Animal Biology and Genetics, University of Florence, Florence, Italy

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  • Tim S. Jessop mail

    tjessop@unimelb.edu.au

    Affiliations: Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Department of Wildlife, Conservation and Science, Zoos Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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  • Published: September 19, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0045398

About the Authors

Rebecca J. Laver, Tim S. Jessop
Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Deni Purwandana, Achmad Ariefiandy, Jeri Imansyah
The Komodo Survival Program, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
David Forsyth
Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Claudio Ciofi
Department of Animal Biology and Genetics, University of Florence, Florence, Italy
Tim S. Jessop
Department of Wildlife, Conservation and Science, Zoos Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Corresponding Author

Email: tjessop@unimelb.edu.au

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: TSJ DF CC. Performed the experiments: DP AA JI CC TJ. Analyzed the data: RL TJ CC. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: TJ CC. Wrote the paper: RL TJ DF.