Chapter

Habitat Use

Jonathan B. Losos

in Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780520255913
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943735 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520255913.003.0010
Habitat Use

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This chapter discusses the various aspects of the environment that are important to anoles, as well as the extent to which habitat use shifts through time. Anoles occur in many habitats, elevations, and latitudes, and differ in extent of basking. There are aspects of the environment that vary within and among localities, and to which anoles specialize. This specialization allows anole species to adapt to extreme habitats, and permits sympatric species to coexist while occupying the same structural microhabitat. The chapter discusses two important environmental factors—temperature and moisture—and then examines the effectiveness of microhabitat selection for anole thermoregulation. It also describes remote sensing approaches to investigate the habitat requirements of anoles and ontogenetic and seasonal shifts in habitat use.

Keywords: habitat use; basking; microhabitat; temperature; moisture; microhabitat selection; thermoregulation; remote sensing

Chapter.  5494 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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