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On spacing patterns and diversity of escape tactics in diurnal geckos (Lygodactylus) in Kafue Flats, Zambia

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Lygodactylus chobiensis and L. capensis were studied during their time of normal activity. Observations were made of spacing patterns and diversity of escape behaviours. Canopy size as opposed to tree trunk size restricted the number of individuals that occupied a structural habitat. The sex ratio did not differ significantly from a 1:1 on any substrate and neither sex predominated the other (contrary to previous reports on the other species in the family). Young were tolerated indefinitely and formed part of the social structure. Both species were found to use a variety of escape tactics with equal frequency. Lizards that had lost tails were not necessarily more wary than unharmed lizards. Microhabitat preference and body orientation was found not to be restrictive to the escape tactic used.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Natural History, Livingstone Museum, 60498 Livingstone, Zambia


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