Metabolism and activity of the spanish fringe-toed lizard (Lacertidae: acanthodactylus erythrurus)

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Title: Metabolism and activity of the spanish fringe-toed lizard (Lacertidae: acanthodactylus erythrurus)
Author: Pough, F. Harvey; Busack, Stephan
Abstract: 1.In the field, adult fringe-toed lizards (Acanthodactylus erythrusus) had a mean body temperature of 38.8 ± 0.2 (S.E.) °C while subadults maintained a significantly lowr temperature (x average = 35.4 +/- 0.5 degrees C). 2.Laboratory measurements of oxygen consumption, ventilation frequency, and heart rate indicate that temperatures above 38°C are stressful to subadults. 3.Activity periods of subadults are curtailed by high temperatures for 3 months in summer while the activity of the more thermophilic adults is curtailed only during July and August. 4.Some lizards maintained a high metabolic rate by achieving a low Q10 (x average = 1.3) between 13 and 25°C. 5.Because these lizards initiate activity at black body temperatures of 13°C in their natural habitat, the ability to sustain high rates of aerobic metabolism at low temperatures is probably valuable.
Record URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1850/2541
Publishers URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0306-4565(78)90020-7
Date: 1978-10

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