INSTITUTO DE LIMNOLOGIA "DR. RAUL A. RINGUELET"
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Seasonal activity and basking of the southernmost population of the freshwater turtle Phrynops hilarii (Chelidae)
ALCALDE L; SEMEÑIUK MARIA B.
BRILL ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS
Lugar: Leiden; Año: 2017 vol. 38 p. 125 - 125
This study focuses on basking behaviour of Phrynops hilarii in the southernmost population of the species? range.The objective was to determine how environmental features affect the basking behaviour of the species. We analyzed twoyears of data on the seasonal activity of the species for the same stream. We detected 389 P. hilarii basking, mostly alone(76.8%), and on logs and branches (79.3%), but large turtles used shorelines more frequently than did smaller turtles. Baskingpeaked during late winter and early spring. We found no correlation between the number of basking turtles and air, substrateor water temperatures. P. hilarii was active through all seasons, with activity peaking in summer, when temperature is highestbut basking frequency is low. Type of substrate, time of day, and season are key factors that influence the basking behaviourof P. hilarii.