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Titolo:
ECOLOGY OF THE SOUTH-AMERICAN LIZARD NOROPS CHRYSOLEPIS (POLYCHROTIDAE)
Autore:
VITT LJ; ZANI PA;
Indirizzi:
UNIV OKLAHOMA,OKLAHOMA MUSEUM NAT HIST NORMAN OK 73019 UNIV OKLAHOMA,DEPT ZOOL NORMAN OK 73019
Titolo Testata:
Copeia
fascicolo: 1, , anno: 1996,
pagine: 56 - 68
SICI:
0045-8511(1996):1<56:EOTSLN>2.0.ZU;2-V
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
SEXUAL DIMORPHISM; AMAZONIAN BRAZIL; CERRADO LIZARDS; LIFE-HISTORY; IGUANIDAE; COMMUNITY; SAURIA;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Science Citation Index Expanded
Citazioni:
45
Recensione:
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Citazione:
L.J. Vitt e P.A. Zani, "ECOLOGY OF THE SOUTH-AMERICAN LIZARD NOROPS CHRYSOLEPIS (POLYCHROTIDAE)", Copeia, (1), 1996, pp. 56-68

Abstract

Norops chrysolepis was studied in two tropical forest habitats in Amazon rain forests of Ecuador (Sucumbios Province) and Brazil (Roraima State). Nearly all individuals occurred in leaf litter of terra firme forest, and most were first observed in shaded microhabitats or those receiving filtered sun. Body temperatures of active individuals averaged 27.9 +/- 0.27 C, and substrate temperature accounted for 31% of the variation in body temperatures. When the effect of substrate temperature was removed, Roraima lizards had slightly higher body temperatures than lizards from Sucumbios. Lizards from Sucumbios were larger in body size than those from Roraima, and even though sexual dimorphism existed in both populations, it was manifested differently in each. The diet was similar at both localities with orthopterans, blattarians, insect larvae, and spiders dominating the diet. Even though lizard size explained a significant portion of the variation in prey size, significant differences remained in corrected prey size between localities withlizards from Sucumbios eating relatively larger prey. Reexamination of published ecological data coupled with our data only partially support conclusions drawn by past researchers on the ecological basis for distributional patterns in N. chrysolepis. Although two subspecies appear restricted to forest, it is for different reasons than proposed earlier.

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