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pdf 09. Influence of small-scale fires on the populations of three lizard species in Rome

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pp. 63-68
Authors: Rugiero, Lorenzo & Luiselli, Luca

Abstract: The effect of small summer fires on three species of Mediterranean lizards (the lacertids Podarcis muralis and Lacerta bilineata, and the scincid Chalcides chalcides) were studied at five burnt transects and eight unburnt control transects in urban green areas of Rome. Overall, the fire had different effects on the three species at the local level of the single transects. Lacerta bilineata was not affected by fire treatment. Podarcis muralis showed a significant increase in numbers in two of five burnt transects. Chalcides chalcides declined after fire in all transects. The potential ecological causes for the observed patterns are discussed.

Keywords: HABITAT DISTURBANCE, CENTRAL ITALY, FIRE ECOLOGY, ROME

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