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dc.contributor.advisorWilliams, Dean A.
dc.contributor.authorTucker, Maryen_US
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-07T15:20:32Z
dc.date.available2021-12-07T15:20:32Z
dc.date.created12/6/2021en_US
dc.date.issued2021en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://repository.tcu.edu/handle/116099117/49753
dc.description.abstractTexas horned lizards (Phrynosoma cornutum) have disappeared from many areas in Texas probably in large part due to loss of suitable habitat. Populations of this lizard still persist in the towns of Kenedy and Karnes City in southern Texas. This species has continued to decline and disappear from these towns. We hypothesize this may in part be due to the degradation of the thermal landscape for these lizards caused by the removal of important microhabitats. We determined the selected body temperature (Tsel) was 35.7 ± 0.33 ºC at our field sites and body temperatures (Tb) was 33.6 ± 0.3 ºC. Overall, our sites had high average thermal quality (de = 4.92), but thermal quality differed by microhabitat with vegetation having the highest thermal quality followed by dirt and open microhabitats. These findings support that vegetation is an important microhabitat for thermoregulating and removing vegetation would degrade the thermal landscape.en_US
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dc.relation.ispartofTCU Master Thesisen_US
dc.subjectBiologyen_US
dc.titleThermal ecology of Texas horned lizards (Phrynosoma cornutum) in small Texas townsen_US
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etd.degree.departmentDepartment of Biology
etd.degree.levelMaster
local.collegeCollege of Science and Engineering
local.departmentBiology
dc.type.genreThesis
local.subjectareaBiology
etd.degree.nameMaster of Science


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