Spatial memory: Are lizards really deficient?

L. D. Ladage, T. C. Roth, A. M. Cerjanic, B. Sinervo, V. V. Pravosudov

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Abstract

In many animals, behaviours such as territoriality, mate guarding, navigation and food acquisition rely heavily on spatial memory abilities; this has been demonstrated in diverse taxa, from invertebrates to mammals. However, spatial memory ability in squamate reptiles has been seen as possible, at best, or non-existent, at worst. Of the few previous studies testing for spatial memory in squamates, some have found no evidence of spatial memory while two studies have found evidence of spatialmemory in snakes, but have been criticized based on methodological issues. We used the Barnes maze, a common paradigm to test spatial memory abilities in mammals, to test for spatial memory abilities in the side-blotched lizard (Uta stansburiana). We found the existence of spatial memory in this species using this spatial task. Thus, our study supports the existence of spatial memory in this squamate reptile species and seeks to parsimoniously align this species with the diverse taxa that demonstrate spatial memory ability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)939-941
Number of pages3
JournalBiology Letters
Volume8
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 23 2012

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Squamata
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Mammals
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Spatial Memory
Animal Behavior
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Invertebrates
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Spatial Navigation
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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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Ladage, L. D., Roth, T. C., Cerjanic, A. M., Sinervo, B., & Pravosudov, V. V. (2012). Spatial memory: Are lizards really deficient? Biology Letters, 8(6), 939-941. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2012.0527
Ladage, L. D. ; Roth, T. C. ; Cerjanic, A. M. ; Sinervo, B. ; Pravosudov, V. V. / Spatial memory : Are lizards really deficient?. In: Biology Letters. 2012 ; Vol. 8, No. 6. pp. 939-941.
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Ladage LD, Roth TC, Cerjanic AM, Sinervo B, Pravosudov VV. Spatial memory: Are lizards really deficient? Biology Letters. 2012 Dec 23;8(6):939-941. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2012.0527