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 01. Temporal and spatial distribution of the golden striped salamander (Chioglossa lusitanica) along two mountain brooks in Northern Portugal


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Authors: J. W. Arntzen

Abstract: A standardized search over a nine-month period revealed that Chioglossa lusitanica population density is highest close to a source of moving water. In spring and autumn over 90% of an adult population was found within 13 m of the water source. Most adults were observed even closer to the brook in summer, at sites characterized by availability of shelter, by the presence of small waterfalls in the stream, or both. A similar but more extreme pattern was observed for juveniles. With the drying up of hiding sites in early summer, part of the adult population migrates to deep hiding places, to return to the brook in autumn.

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