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 02. Observations on seasonal and diel surface activity of the amphisbaenian Blanus cinereus in south western Spain


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Authors: C. Díaz-paniagua, M. C. Blázquez, C. Keller, A . C. Andreu, G. Olmedo And J. A . Mateo

Abstract: The main activity period of Blanus cinereus occurred from March to July, and a second period with lower activity was detected in autumn. Individuals were mainly diurnal, but they also exhibited nocturnal activity in April, June and especially in July. Daily activity appeared to be related to air and surface temperatures, while the annual variation in activity was also related to underground temperature. Recaptured individuals showed little mobility, frequently persisting at the same location. The recapture rate between years was low.

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