Short-term impact of a small wildfire on the lizard Psammodromus algirus (linnaeus, 1758): a Before-after-control-impact study (squamata: sauria: lacertidae)
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AuthorMoreno Rueda, Gregorio; Melero, Elena; Reguera, Senda; Zamora-Camacho, Francisco Javier; Comas, Mar
Psammpdromus algirusPrey availabilityConservationMediterranean environments
Moreno-Rueda, G., Melero, E., Reguera, S., Zamora-Camacho, F. J., & Comas, M. (2019). Short-term impact of a small wildfire on the lizard Psammodromus algirus (Linnaeus, 1758): a before-after-control-impact study. Herpetozoa, 31(3-4), 173-182.
SponsorshipThis work was partially funded by the spanish Ministerio de ciencia e innovación, project cgl2009-13185.
In Mediterranean environments, wildfires are key in modelling landscapes, ecological succession and the dynamics of species and communities. however, in recent years, wildfires have increased in number and extent, resulting in a conservation concern. still, it is generally thought that reptiles are usually not harmed by wildfires, or even may be benefited. here, the authors used a Before-after-control-impact design to examine the effect of a small wildfire (16 ha) on the abundance of a lizard, Psammodromus algirus (linnaeUs, 1758). The findings suggest that the local population crashed as a result of the wildfire, although juvenile lizards quickly recolonized the burnt area from adjacent sites. almost a year after the fire, an adult P. algirus was detected in the burnt area. Therefore, the present study highlights that even a very small wildfire may negatively impact a Mediterranean lizard.