Locomotor and elevational distribution of a mountainous lizard, Takydromus hsuehshanensis, in Taiwan

Shu Ping Huang, Ming Chung Tu*

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We investigated the impact of environmental temperature on elevational distributions of a high-mountainous lizard, Takydromus hsuehshanensis, by examining the thermal sensitivity of its locomotor performance. Its sprint speed was measured at 9 body temperatures after 2 wk of acclimation at 2 different temperatures. The same measurements were performed on a closely related species, T. formosanus, which lives at lower elevations. The results indicated that (1) T. hsuehshanensis was capable of maintaining normal locomotor performance within a body temperature range which approximates summer temperatures of lowland areas; (2) T. formosanus was able to run significantly faster than T. hsuehshanensis within a certain range of body temperatures; (3) these 2 species did not differ in their thermal sensitivities of the locomotor performance; and (4) temperature acclimation treatments did not affect the locomotor performance of these 2 species. We concluded that locomotor performance is not a crucial factor limiting the distribution of T. hsuehshanensis in lowland areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-484
Number of pages8
JournalZoological Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jul


  • Distribution
  • Elevation
  • Lizards
  • Locomotion
  • Temperature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology


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