The British Herpetological Society

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pdf 02. Habitat selection and thermal ecology of the sympatric lizards Podarcis muralis and Podarcis hispanica in a mountain region of central Spain


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Authors: Javier Martin-v Allejo, Javier Garcia-ferna Dez, Valentin Perez-mellado & Jose Luis Vicente-villardon

Abstract: We studied habitat selection, field body temperatures (TB) and activity cycles in sympatric populations of the lacertid lizards Podarcis muralis and Podarcis hispanica in a mountain area in Central Spain. Different patterns of habitat selection for the two species were found: P. muralis occupies N and NW facing talus sites, while P. hispanica shows a less habitat-specific distribution at the study site. Inter- and intraspecific differences in TBs were found, while thermoregulatory precision analyses showed differences between adult male and female P. muralis. Hypotheses based on activity cycles, habitat selection and basking behaviour are discussed to explain such results in two closely related species.

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