Chemical self-recognition in the lizard Liolaemus fitzgeraldi
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- Aguilar, P.M., Labra, A. & Niemeyer, H.M. J Ethol (2009) 27: 181. doi:10.1007/s10164-008-0088-x
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Social–chemical recognition is exhibited by all the Liolaemus lizards tested to date, except Liolaemus fitzgeraldi, which during post-hibernation did not discriminate chemosignals of same-sex individuals from a control. To clarify if L. fitzgeraldi is unique among the studied Liolaemus in lacking social–chemical recognition or if this was previously undetected, we recorded behavior during pre- and post-hibernation when confronted with chemosignals of conspecifics and from themselves. L fitzgeraldi showed self-recognition and seasonal changes in two exploratory behaviors. Potentially, conspecific recognition in L fitzgeraldi was undetected due to seasonality, but this species may rely comparatively less on chemical communication than congeners.