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Reflections of the Real World

Eric R. Pianka and Laurie J. Vitt

in Lizards

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780520234017
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939912 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520234017.003.0007
Reflections of the Real World

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Lizards are ideal organisms for ecological studies, largely because of their basic traits and remarkable diversity. Because lizards are ectotherms, they are often abundant, making them relatively easy to locate, observe, and capture. This chapter highlights lizards as model subjects for basic ecological studies. It examines variations in their morphology, behavior, physiology, and ecology.

Keywords: lizards; ecological studies; ectotherms; morphology; behavior; physiology; ecology

Chapter.  8324 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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