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Acta Biológica Colombiana

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LARA RESENDIZ, Rafael Alejandro. ¿QUÉ IMPLICACIONES ECOFISIOLÓGICAS TIENE LA ACTIVIDAD NOCTURNA EN REPTILES "DIURNOS"? UNA REVISIÓN. Acta biol.Colomb. [online]. 2020, vol.25, n.2, pp.314-326. ISSN 0120-548X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15446/abc.v25n2.78511.

This review is the first to summarize published studies that document nocturnal activity events in reptiles previously considered exclusively diurnal. The ecophysiological implications of this nocturnal activity in tropical and high-latitude environments are described and discussed from the perspective of optimal activity temperature ranges, tolerance thresholds, activity periods, cathemerality, voluntary hypothermia and its importance in the face of global climate change. Gaps in the research field are finally identified, and new lines of study are proposed.

Keywords : Activity patterns; cathemeral; diurnal-nocturnal; ecological factors; ectotherms; thermal requirements; voluntary hypothermia.

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