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Sociality in Lizards


Whiting, M and While, GM, Sociality in Lizards, Comparative Social Evolution, Cambridge University Press, Rubenstein, DR and Abbot, P (ed), University Printing House, Cambridge CB2 8BS, UK, pp. 390-426. ISBN 978-1-107-04339-8 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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Lizards, snakes and amphisbaenians (worm lizards) form a monophyletic group (the squamate reptiles), which contains 9,712 species (Uetz & Hošek, 2015) in 61 families (Wiens, et al., 2012). New species are constantly being described, particularly with the advent of modern molecular systematics and improved access to remote regions. Consequently, this group is likely to be considerably larger in the future (Pyron, et al., 2013). Not only is this a taxonomically diverse group of terrestrial vertebrates, but species occupy a wide range of habitats and ecosystems, and occur on all continents except Antarctica. Furthermore, they span a wide range of body sizes and forms from miniature chameleons and geckos that perch comfortably on a matchstick, to reticulated pythons in excess of 6 m in length. While snakes have traditionally been viewed as a group separate from lizards (e.g. different suborders in traditional taxonomic terms), they are in fact embedded within lizards such that some lizards are more closely related to snakes than they are to other lizards (Wiens, et al., 2012; Pyron, et al., 2013).

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:sociality, reptiles, family living
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Behavioural ecology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:While, GM (Dr Geoff While)
ID Code:116005
Year Published:2017
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DE150100336)
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2017-04-27
Last Modified:2018-05-08

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