The pineal and circadian rhythms of temperature selection and locomotion in lizards.

Dipartimento di Scienze del Comportamento Animale e dell' Uomo, Pisa, Italy.
Physiology & Behavior (Impact Factor: 3.16). 06/1993; 53(5):911-5. DOI: 10.1016/0031-9384(93)90268-K
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ABSTRACT The existence of a circadian rhythm of behavioral temperature selection has been demonstrated in lizards (Podarcis sicula) held on a thermal gradient in constant darkness. This rhythm becomes temporarily abolished during 1 week following parietalectomy and 2-3 weeks following pinealectomy. Parietalectomy does not affect the locomotor rhythm, while pinealectomy invariably lengthens the freerunning period of this rhythm. These results support the contention of separate control systems for the temperature selection rhythm and the locomotor rhythm. As neither rhythm is definitively abolished by parietalectomy and pinealectomy, other pacemaking components exist elsewhere in the circadian system of Podarcis sicula which can control both rhythms.

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