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Natura Croatica, Vol.8 No.3 September 1999. -

Different kinds of interactions between lizards and plants in the Mediterranean basin have been described. Lizards have shown to »use« plants as a refuge against predators, as a foraging site, as a thermal microhabitat or as a food resource. In the last case, they can either act as herbivores +-– interaction, consuming vegetative and-or reproductive parts, and damaging the plant to a higher or lower degree or as mutualists +-+ interaction, by behaving as legitimate pollinators and-or seed dispersers.

Mediterranean lizards; Podarcis; Lacertidae; pollination; seed dispersal; mutualism; herbivory; foraging behaviour



Author: Valentin Pérez-Mellado - ; Department of Animal Biology, University of Salamanca, 37071-Salamanca, Spain Anna Traveset - ; Insti

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