Thermoregulating behavior and habitat use of Liolaemus aparicioi
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10,5 credits / 16 HE creditsStudent thesis
The thermoregulation of lizards depends highly on the environment they inhabit. Thermoregulation is crucial for physiological processes and affects therefore the life history of the lizard. High altitudes are characterized by a colder climate than on lower altitudes, and these environmental factors affects the thermoregulation of lizards. Lizards can however adapt to colder climates by adjusting their physiology and/or behavior. In this study two populations of Liolaemus aparicioi, an endemic lizard inhabiting the valleys close to La Paz, were observed at two different altitudes to investigate any differences in behavior or habitat use that could compensate for the high altitude. The behavioral displays associated to thermoregulation and the use of habitat were recorded in order to assess how they allocated their time and how they used the habitat available. The mean values of most parameters measured indicated that the population on the high altitude do compensate for the high altitude by behavior and habitat use.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 29 p.
Thermoregulation, basking behavior, lizard, altitude, Habitat use
Behavioral Sciences Biology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120411ISRN: LiTH-IFM-G-Ex--15/3031--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-120411DiVA: diva2:844562
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