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 06. Diel variation in preferred body temperatures of the moorish gecko Tarentola mauritanica during summer


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Authors: Martin J. Gil, Fatima Guerrero And Valentin Perez-mellado

Abstract: We studied dieI variation in preferred body temperatures (TP) of adult and subadult geckos (Tarentola mauritanica) in a laboratory thermogradient. Overall TP averaged 31 .6°C and is significantly higher that the activity body temperatures recorded in the field. We did not detect differences in TP between adult and subadult lizards. TP varied according to a diel cycle. There was a gradual increase in TP during the afternoon-early evening period, leading to peak values just before the beginning of the night-time activity period. During the subsequent hours, TP s decrease again.

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