Copulation record of Tropidurus imbituba (Squamata: Tropiduridae)


  • Diego dos Anjos Souza Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina
  • Maricelma Simiano Jung Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina
  • Rodrigo Ávila Mendonça Centro de Pesquisa e Triagem de Animais Silvestres, Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina



Tropidurus imbituba is a lizard with endemic distribution. Data on the species are scarce as it is a new species and has the only known habitat to date. Understanding reproductive aspects is important for their conservation. Thus, the present study presents the first records of the courtship and copulation behavior of T. imbituba. Sampling was carried out in spring 2022 and summer 2023, between September 24, 2022 and March 19, 2023. Monitoring was adapted from the Squamata Reptile Monitoring Protocol in Federal Conservation Units of the Caatinga Biome, following the active search method without time limitation (BANLT), in order to register T. imbituba individuals without any type of physical restraint. The individuals viewed had their coordinates taken with GPS, photographed with a DSLR camera – 65x zoom with a 21 mm ultra-wide angle lens. Viewing was done with the naked eye and with the aid of 8x40 binoculars. In areas with a concentration of lizards, the fixed point methodology was also used for five to 10 minutes, to observe the animals and other important data, where, at opportune moments, filming and photographs of courtship or copulation behavior were recorded.




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dos Anjos Souza, D., Simiano Jung, M., & Ávila Mendonça, R. (2024). Copulation record of Tropidurus imbituba (Squamata: Tropiduridae). Acta Biológica Catarinense, 11(1), 14–18.