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Status and microhabitat preference of Otocryptis beddomii Boulenger, 1885 (Reptilia: Agamidae) in Ponmudi Hills, Western Ghats, Kerala, India

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SR Chandramouli

Department of Zoology, Division of Wildlife Biology, AVC College, Mannampandal, Mayiladuthurai, IN
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The population of Otocryptis beddomii in Ponmudi Hills of Kerala, India was examined to assess its status and microhabitat preference. The encounter rate was significantly higher in pristine habitat (3.51 sightings/km) than in disturbed habitat (0.97 sightings/km). Sighting frequency was highest in rainforests (60) of mid-altitude (68) and the most-utilized substrate was leaf litter (79.2%). Disturbances due to human activities had a significant (Proportion test; z = 2.93, p<0.05), adverse impact on its population.

Keywords: sex ratio; encounter rate; substrate; altitudinal distribution; habitat quality

DOI: 10.4038/tapro.v1i2.2763

TAPROBANICA, October, 2009. Vol. 01, No. 02: pp. 107-110

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v1i2.2763
How to Cite: Chandramouli, S., (2011). Status and microhabitat preference of Otocryptis beddomii Boulenger, 1885 (Reptilia: Agamidae) in Ponmudi Hills, Western Ghats, Kerala, India. TAPROBANICA: The Journal of Asian Biodiversity. 1(2), pp.107–110. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v1i2.2763
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Published on 27 Jan 2011.
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