Baojun Sun,Wenqi Tang,Zhigao Zeng and Weiguo Du.The Seasonal Acclimatisation of Locomotion in a Terrestrial Reptile, Plestiodon chinensis (Scincidae)[J].Asian Herpetological Research(AHR),2014,5(3):197-203.[doi:10.3724/SP.J.1245.2014.00197]
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The Seasonal Acclimatisation of Locomotion in a Terrestrial Reptile, Plestiodon chinensis (Scincidae)
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Asian Herpetological Research[ISSN:2095-0357/CN:51-1735/Q]

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2014 VoI.5 No.3
Page:
197-203
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Original Article
Publishing date:
2014-09-25

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Title:
The Seasonal Acclimatisation of Locomotion in a Terrestrial Reptile, Plestiodon chinensis (Scincidae)
Author(s):
Baojun Sun12 Wenqi Tang12 Zhigao Zeng1 and Weiguo Du1*
1 Key Laboratory of Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Keywords:
Lizard temperature terrestrial ectotherms thermal acclimation
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DOI:
10.3724/SP.J.1245.2014.00197
Abstract:
Studies of the seasonal acclimatisation of behavioural and physiological processes usually focus on aquatic or semi-aquatic ectotherms and focus less effort on terrestrial ectotherms that experience more thermally heterogeneous environments. We conducted comparative studies and thermal acclimation experiments on the locomotion of the Chinese skink (Plestiodon chinensis) to test whether seasonal acclimatisation in locomotion exists in these terrestrial ectothermic vertebrates, and whether seasonal acclimatisation is predominantly induced by thermal environments. In natural populations, skinks ran faster during the summer season than during the spring season at high-test temperatures ranging from 27°C to 36°C but not at low-test temperatures ranging from 18°C to 24°C. In contrast, the thermal acclimation experiments showed that the cold-acclimated skinks ran faster than the warm-acclimated skinks at the low-test temperatures but not at high-test temperatures. Therefore, the seasonal acclimatisation occurs to P. chinensis, and may be induced by temperature as well as other factors like food availability, as indicated by the seasonal variation in the thermal dependence of locomotion, and the discrepancy between seasonal acclimatisation and thermal acclimation on locomotion.

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