Social spacing of the montane lizard Tropidurus montanus

Galdino, CAB, Ventura, SPR, Lisboa, CC and Young, RJ 2017, 'Social spacing of the montane lizard Tropidurus montanus' , The Herpetological Journal, 27 (4) , pp. 333-338.

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Abstract

The way in which individuals use their surrounding space can be key to understanding species’ sociobiology. We studied the social spacing of the lizard Tropidurus montanus. Males were found to have larger home ranges than females. Male body size was not associated with home range area, and the number of females associated with a male’s home range was small when compared to other Iguanian lizards, thus forming small harems. The larger home range areas and overlaps found during the final period of the reproductive season might occur as a consequence of reduced social interactions at the end of the reproductive season. We provide evidence that the tropidurid T. montanus may be establishing short-term exclusive-use areas.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: The Herpetological Journal
Publisher: The British Herpetological Society
ISSN: 0268-0130
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Depositing User: Professor Robert Young
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2017 09:22
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2017 20:38
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/43896

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