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Habitat dependent effects of experimental immune challenge on lizard anti-predator responses

Iglesias-Carrasco, Maider; Head, Megan; Cabido, Carlos


Lizards often respond to predators by hiding in sunless refuges, but this eliminates opportunities for thermoregulatory basking. Hiding can therefore lower body condition. Furthermore, in ectotherms basking is important to induce fever and activate an immune response. A potential trade-off therefore exists between lowering predation risk and elevating body temperature to fight infection. Such a trade-off could be habitat dependent if habitats differ in the relative risk of predation...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016-11
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-016-2199-7


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