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dc.contributorRachootin, Stanen_US
dc.contributorIrschick, Duncanen_US
dc.contributor.advisorGillis, Garyen_US
dc.contributor.authorBonvini, Laurenen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-02-16T13:47:15Z
dc.date.available2011-02-16T13:47:15Z
dc.date.issued2011-02-16
dc.date.submitted2007-05-17 10:23:51en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10166/703
dc.description.abstractMaximal locomotor performance in Anolis lizards has been studied extensively within and across species. Hindlimb length is correlated with jump distances in a number of species of anoles, and differences in the structural habitat can have effects on individual performance. Anolis carolinensis lizards were videotaped undisturbed in two habitat matrices of different perch densities. Neither maximal performance nor morphological features appear to affect locomotor behavior. Caudal autotomy, or tail-loss, is an anti-predator strategy in a variety of lizard species, including anoles, and presents immediate benefits to the animal, allowing for survival in an otherwise potentially fatal situation. However it is also accompanied by numerous costs including changes in locomotor ability. For example, sprint speed, climbing speed, and endurance are affected in different species of lizards. A. carolinensis use jumping frequently as a form of locomotion, often have long tails, and have the ability to autotomize their tails as an anti-predator strategy. Before autotomy, the angle of a lizard s body during jumping remains slightly above the horizontal throughout the jump. Following autotomy, body angles are extremely variable, and jump distances may be reduced.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipBiological Sciencesen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectAnolis carolinensisen_US
dc.subjectbehavioren_US
dc.subjectjumpingen_US
dc.subjectperformanceen_US
dc.subjectautotomyen_US
dc.titleJumping behavior and the effects of caudal autotomy on performance in Anolis carolinensisen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.date.gradyear2007en_US
mhc.institutionMount Holyoke Collegeen_US
mhc.degreeUndergraduateen_US
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