Thermal ecology of Microlophus occipitalis (Sauria: Tropiduridae) in the Plain Dry Forest of Tumbes, Peru

Juan C.A. Jordán, José Z. Pérez

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Abstract

The thermal ecology of Microlophus occipitalis Peters 1871 in the plain dry forests of Tumbes (northewestern Peru) was studied. Mean body temperature was 36.1 ± 1.8 ºC, similar to body temperatures exposed by Microlophus peruvianus in northern Peru. There were no differences between body temperature and degree of thermoregulation of males and females, due to a possible association to their social structure and microhabitat use. Air and substrate temperature affects the body temperature of Microlophus occipitalis, where air temperature accounts for a significant proportion of body temperature variation. We suggest more detailed studies on this lizard species, especially under climate change scenarios in northwestern Peru.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)97-99
Number of pages3
JournalRevista Peruana de Biologia
Volume19
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2012

Keywords

  • Cerros de Amotape National Park
  • Lizard
  • Thermal ecology
  • Tumbes

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