Revista Brasileira de Biologia
Print version ISSN 0034-7108
HATANO, F. H. et al. Thermal ecology and activity patterns of the lizard community of the Restinga of Jurubatiba, Macaé, RJ. Rev. Bras. Biol. [online]. 2001, vol.61, n.2, pp.287-294. ISSN 0034-7108. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-71082001000200011.
We analyzed the thermal ecology and activity patterns of the lizard community from the Restinga of Jurubatiba, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The broadest activity was that of Tropidurus torquatus, a sit-and-wait forager, while the active foraging teiid Cnemidophorus littoralis had the shortest activity. The nocturnal gekkonid Hemidactylus mabouia was found active during the day only during early morning and late afternoon, when environmental temperatures are low. Body temperature was highest for Cnemidophorus littoralis and lowest for the two Mabuya species. The patterns found here are discussed and compared to those of congeneric species in other habitats in Brazil.
Keywords : thermal ecology; lizard community; activity patterns; restinga habitat.