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Acta Univ Latv (2007) 723: 53–59
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Acta Univ Latv (2007) 723: 53–59

Orginal Article

Distribution and habitats of the Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis) in Latvia

Andris Čeirāns*
Department of Zoology and Animal Ecology, Faculty of Biology, University of Latvia, Kronvalda Bulv. 4, Rīga LV-1586, Latvia
*Corresponding author, E-mail: andrisc@lanet.lv


The aim of the paper was to summarize the data on distribution and habitats of Lacerta agilis in Latvia. Data on distribution of Lacerta agilis was collected by the author and other observers in 1990 - 2006. Records were made more frequently in the Coastal Lowland, in stretches of valleys of large rivers, and in South-Eastern Latvia. Habitats were described in the field on circular plots with a radius of 1.5 m for herbs, 5 m for shrubs, and 10 m for trees using a modified Braun-Blanquet method; a total of 32 plots were established. Principal Component Analysis was used to detect natural groups of habitats. Vegetation composition in all the plots was similar, in about 75 % dominated by grasses, and in 25 % by Calluna vulgaris. Detailed vegetation description is given.

Key words: distribution, habitat, Lacerta agilis, Latvia, Principal Component Analysis, vegetation cover.

Acta Univ Latv (2007) 723: 53–59
 DOI: http://doi.org/10.22364/eeb

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