The British Herpetological Society

The Herpetological Journal is the Society's prestigious quarterly scientific journal. Articles are listed in Biological Abstracts, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences,Current Contents, Science Citation Index, and Zoological Record.

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pdf 04. Activity and Thermoregulation in three Mediterranean species of Lacertidae


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Authors: C. Pollo Mateos And Y. Perez-mellado

Abstract: A study was made of the thermoregulatory development and activity rhythms, both daily and annual, or three species of mediterranean Lacertidae: Psammodromus algirus. P. hispanicus and A canthodactylus erythrurus. recording 505 cloaca! temperatures (TB). Statistically significant correlations were found between the TB and the TA and TS (temperatures of the body, environment and substrate, respectively) values of the different age and sex classes established in P. algirus and P. hispanicus but not in some age and sex classes of A. erythrurusA. erythrurus, mainly the adult males, was the species that showed the greatest thermoregulatory efficiency. Both Psammodromus species remain active from March to October, while the fringe-toed lizard shows an annual activity from May to September.

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