Monday, 6 April 2015

Lizard's come-hither behaviour attracts from a distance

The females of a reclusive endangered lizard species may be increasing their chances of finding a mate by engaging in unusual behaviour which attracts males from up to 100m away.

The Australian pygmy bluetongue lizard (Tiliqua adelaidensis) spends most of its time in burrows made by spiders, making it hard for researchers to understand its mating habits.

Investigators installed CCTV cameras in 23 burrows for 10 days of each month between October 2011 and February 2012 to better understand how males found females to mate with.

Murdoch University post-doctoral fellow Stephanie Godfrey says the females in this lizard species seem to attract the males rather than vice versa.

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