Thermal adaptation in the lizard Cordylus oelofseni
Basson, Christine Helene
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The content of these datasets were used to produce my MSc thesis, regarding the thermal adaptation and responses of physiological and behavioural traits in the lizard Cordylus oelofseni (an endemic lizard with a highly restricted distribution range). The datasets comprise of: resting metabolic and water loss rates of the lizards following exposure to ecologically relevant acclimation treatments and tested at 3 test temperatures, the preferred body temperature of these lizard, microsite operative temperature for 3 months of summer and winter as well as a summary of insects collected at the study site. The second chapter of my thesis looked at the energetic cost of thermoregulation. There are datasets that include distance and time travelled in 4 different "habitat types", time spent basking and energetic data for 7 lizards in each enclosure type. There is also a collection of operative temperatures for each enclosure type used to map the thermal environment in each enclosure type.