Accession Number : ADA137364

Title :   The Effect of Blowsand Reduction on the Abundance of the Fringe-Toed Lizard (Uma inornata) in the Coachella Valley, California,


Personal Author(s) : Turner,F B ; Weaver,D C ; Rorabaugh,J C

PDF Url : ADA137364

Report Date : Oct 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 193

Abstract : Densities of Uma inornata in ten 2.5-ha plots in the Coachella Valley were estimated by capture-recapture analysis during the spring and summer of 1980. Six of the ten plots were arranged in pairs, with one member of the pair in apparently undisturbed habitat upwind of a tamarisk windbreak and the other members downwind of the obstruction. The other four plots were in areas with sandy hummocks or mesquite dunes. The abundance of Uma varied in different plots ranging from as high as 45/ha to zero. The three plots downwind of tamarisk windbreaks where sand depletion and surface stabilization have been under way for a number of years were essentially unoccupied by Uma. The upwind plots supported densities ranging from 11 to 45 ha. In general, variations in abundance of Uma were not statistically correlated with individual physical attributes of sand. By focusing on the quality of sand in dunes on the lee sides of shrubs we developed two mathematical models relating to densities of Uma. Variables of interest were: penetrability of sand in lee areas, surface coarseness, diameter of sand grains at the 75th percentile of gradation by weight, and years since surface stabilization.

Descriptors :   *Reptiles, Sampling, Estimates, Mathematical models, California, Population, Tables(Data)

Subject Categories : Biology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE