Yin QI,Shasha LI,Langduoerji SUO,et al.An Ethogram of the Toad-headed Lizard Phrynocephalus vlangalii during the Breeding Season[J].Asian Herpetological Research(AHR),2011,2(2):110-116.[doi:10.3724/SP.J.1245.2011.00110]
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2011 VoI.2 No.2
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An Ethogram of the Toad-headed Lizard Phrynocephalus vlangalii during the Breeding Season
Yin QI1 Shasha LI2 Langduoerji SUO3 Hua LI3 and Yuezhao WANG1*
1 Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu 610041, Sichuan, China
2 College of Life Sciences, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, Sichuan, China
3 Management Bureau of Zoige Wetland Nature Reserve, Aba 624500, Sichuan, China
reproductive behavior Phrynocephalus vlangalii PAE coding posture-act-environment tail curling
In this study, we intended to construct an ethogram of the toad-headed lizard Phrynocephalus vlangalii by classifying and describing its behaviors using the Posture-act-environment (PAE) method. Through direct field observation and video recording, we obtained eight postures, sixty-two acts and ten environments, and thus we formed an ethogram consisting of eighty-three behaviors encoded with PAE. A complete ethogram for a species could provide systematic behavioral information which helps to understand the connections among related behaviors and provides background information for specific behavioral study, hence the present ethogram will be greatly useful for future behavioral studies on P. vlangalii as well as other Phrynocephalus species.


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