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WINCK, Gisele R.; SANTOS, Tiago G. Dos and CECHIN, Sonia Z.. Pampean lizard assemblage from subtropical Brazil: a temporal analysis. An. Acad. Bras. Ciênc. [online]. 2011, vol.83, n.4, pp. 1345-1358. ISSN 0001-3765. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0001-37652011000400021.
The increasing human occupation of natural environments is one of the greatest threats to biodiversity. To mitigate the negative anthropogenic effects, it is necessary to understand the characteristics of natural populations and the natural history of species. A study was conducted with an assemblage of lizards from a disturbed area of the Pampa biome, from February 2001 to January 2004. The assemblage showed a unimodal seasonal pattern, with the recruitment period occurring during the warmer months. The captures were seasonal for two of the three monitored years, and concentrated within warmer months. The minimum temperature explained the number of catches for the assemblage as a whole. However, when the species were analyzed individually, the temperature only explained the seasonal occurrence of Teius oculatus. The abundance of species was significantly different in the third year of study for Cercosaura schreibersii and Ophiodes striatus. This latter species was no longer registered in the study area from May 2003 until the end of the study. Therefore, O. striatus may be more sensitive to environmental changes, considering the events of change in vegetation during the study. With frequent and increasing environmental disturbances, it is necessary to take conservation measures and encourage the increase of knowledge on Pampean lizards.
Keywords : grassland; activities pattern; seasonality; reptiles; unimodal pattern.