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Male Texas Horned Lizards increase daily movements and area covered in spring: A mate searching strategy?

Journal of Herpetology

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Abstract

Texas Horned Lizards, Phrynosoma cornutum, were tracked using fluorescent powder to determine exact daily movements. Daily linear movements and daily space use were compared between adult males and females. Lizards that traveled the greatest linear distances also covered the largest areas. In Oklahoma, adults emerge from hibernation in late April and early May and mate soon afterward. Males traveled significantly greater distances (and covered significantly larger areas in a day) than females in May but not after May. We propose that males move more and cover more area than females early in the mating season to intercept receptive females. Copyright 2005 Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Male Texas Horned Lizards increase daily movements and area covered in spring: A mate searching strategy?
Series title:
Journal of Herpetology
Volume
39
Issue:
1
Year Published:
2005
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Herpetology
First page:
169
Last page:
173