Evolutionary Ecology of Lizards
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Interests: development; ecoimmunology; ethology; evolutionary ecology; locomotion; thermoregulation
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Except for latitudinal and elevational extremes, lizards range across a vast variety of biotopes worldwide, including environments as disparate as deserts, prairies, temperate woodlands, rainforests, or anthropic habitats. Although most species thrive on the ground, numerous lizards are fossorial, arboreal, and even aquatic, found in either fresh- or seawater. With lizards being ectotherms, accurate thermoregulation is in most cases fundamental for their survival in such a variety of habitats. Despite some vegetarian instances, lizards are primarily mesopredators, which signifies that they simultaneously play the conflicting roles of predators and prey. Moreover, lizards are the target of multiple endo- and ectoparasites. Consequently, the astonishing morphological, ecological, and functional diversity of lizards results from extremely intense selective pressures, oftentimes opposing, many of whose interrelationships are yet to be disentangled. This Special Issue aims to provide the international scientific community with an integrative meeting point to discuss and synthesize the current knowledge on the evolutionary pathways and mechanisms that led to today’s lizards, with a particular focus on, but not limited to, ecology, ethology, physiology, and their interactions.
Dr. Francisco Javier Zamora-Camacho
Dr. Mar Comas
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