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A look on the habitat heterogeneity: how did the physiology and behavior of tropidurine lizards allow occupation of forests and open environments?

Grant number: 20/12962-5
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: July 01, 2021 - June 30, 2023
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Physiology of Recent Groups
Principal researcher:José Eduardo de Carvalho
Grantee:José Eduardo de Carvalho
Home Institution: Instituto de Ciências Ambientais, Químicas e Farmacêuticas (ICAQF). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Diadema. Diadema , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers:Carla Bonetti Madelaire ; Carolina Ribeiro Noronha de Souza ; Danilo Giacometti dos Santos Uehara Oliveira ; Fabiano Campos Lima ; Fábio Cury de Barros ; Fernando Ribeiro Gomes ; Levi Carina Terribile ; Matheus de Souza Lima Ribeiro


The occupation of contrasting environments by organisms occurs along the emergence of phenotypic traits that allow animals to explore local conditions. Thus, observing the patterns of phenotypic variation among populations and at higher hierarchical levels allow us to understand how often phenotypes are repeated in different lineages and how such phenotypic plasticity of a given lineage are modified as consequence of changes in their habitats under the ecological and evolutionary timescale. In this research project we intend to investigate how the phenotypic variation in tropidurine lizard strains related to the occupation of different habitats contrasting in structure and clime (open environments and forests), focusing in behavioral and physiological traits, within two complementary lines of investigation: (1) the thermoregulatory behavior and the physiological responses to temperature; and (2) the social behavior and the hormonal influence on performance. In addition, we will perform ecological niche analysis and make predictions on the effects of climate change on lizard biology, generating elements for discussion of the impacts of environmental changes on biodiversity. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
LIMA-SANTOS, J.; CARVALHO, J. E.; BRASILEIRO, C. A.. ow sexual differences affect locomotor performance and metabolism of the Sword Snake: An integrated view from energetic. JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, v. 315, n. 2, p. 149-155, . (20/12962-5, 20/12866-6, 08/57712-4)
DA MOTA ARAUJO, HELENA RACHEL; SARTORI, MARINA RINCON; NAVARRO, CLAUDIA D. C.; DE CARVALHO, JOSE EDUARDO; DA CRUZ, ANDRE LUIS. Feeding effects on liver mitochondrial bioenergetics of Boa constrictor (Serpentes: Boidae). Journal of Experimental Biology, v. 224, n. 21, . (08/57712-4, 20/12962-5, 17/05487-6)
LIMA-SANTOS, JADE; ALMEIDA-SANTOS, SELMA MARIA; DE CARVALHO, JOSE EDUARDO; BRASILEIRO, CINTHIA A.. Does reproductive effort influence the metabolic rate of Tomodon dorsatus snakes?. ACTA ZOOLOGICA, . (20/12962-5, 08/57712-4, 20/12866-6)

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