Habitat Preference of Trapelus agilis Olivier in Thar Desert of Jaisalmer, India

Chhaya Bhatnagar, Shyam Sunder Meena, Vishnu Narayan Pandey


Preference in habitat selection by Trapelus agilis Olivier has been studied in nearby area of Amar sagar village and Garhisar Lake catchments area of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. It has been observed that female of Agama agilis Olivier always lives in burrow. Most of the burrows remain covered by the shrubs of Capparis decidua (KER), Euphorbia (THOR), Salvadora oleoides (JAL), and Leptadaenia (KHEEP). Males never dig burrows and remain hidden under the stones, between the stones, cervices of stones and sometime in the burrow of female of agama, other lizards and rodents for short time. It has been concluded that the habitat selection and preference in Trapelus agilis depends on the local environment, sex, body size, morphology and feeding habit.


Trapelus; habitat; preference; desert; burrow

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30906/1026-2296-2012-19-3-207–211


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