Rafael Alejandro Lara Resendiz

Rafael Alejandro Lara Resendiz
Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora | ITSON · Departamento de Ciencias del Agua y Medio Ambiente

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Thermal ecology, Citizen science, iNaturalist, Herpetology, Ecophysiology, Climate change

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Additional affiliations
November 2014 - present
University of California, Santa Cruz
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Education
January 2010 - January 2004
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, FES Iztacala
Field of study
February 2005 - February 2008
Universidad NAcional Autonoma de Mexico, Instituto de Biologia
Field of study

Publications

Publications (82)
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Here we present the first record of leucism in R. draytonii in Baja California.
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1. Thermal constraints imposed by the environment limit the activity time of ectotherms and have been a central issue in ecophysiology. Assessing these restrictions is key to determining the vulnerability of species to changing thermal niches and developing conservation strategies. 2. We generate an explicit tortoise model of thermal constraints at...
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Viviparity, an innovation enhancing maternal control over developing embryos, has evolved >150 times in vertebrates, and has been proposed as an adaptation to inhabit cold habitats. Yet, the behavioral, physiological, morphological, and life history features associated with live-bearing remain unclear. Here, we capitalize on repeated origins of viv...
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There are several documented reports of nocturnal activity in reptiles considered exclusively diurnal (Lara-Resendiz 2020, Perry et al. 2008). Clark’s Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus clarkii) is considered a diurnal active species, but there is a single observation of an adult male attempting to feed on moths at night over a two-hour period (Martínez-Ménd...
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We report two new records of the Mexican long-tailed snake (Enulius oligostichus) in the Ecological Reserve of Mineral de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, Cosalá, Sinaloa. Until now, there was only one record in Sinaloa, but in this work, after 55 years, we confirm the presence of this species in the state, which represents the northernmost records...
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Tortoises of the genus Gopherus evolved in North America and have survived major environmental challenges in the past 40 million years. However, this genus now faces multiple anthropogenic threats, such as the introduction of invasive plant species. Buffelgrass (Cenchrus ciliaris) is considered one of the greatest threats to arid and tropical ecosy...
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This note reports an attempted predation of the Central American Indigo Snake, Drymarchon melanurus, on a hatchling of the Goode's Thornscrub Tortoise, Gopherus evgoodei, in Parque La Colorada, a conservation area in Alamos, Sonora.
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Desert squamates need to regulate their body temperature within a specific range in response to extreme temperatures. Variation of thermal resources through altitudinal and latitudinal gradients influences the thermal physiological traits and thermoregulation of organisms. In some species, the physiological requirements between populations can vary...
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Philip Clark Rosen was born in New York City, USA, on February 25, 1955. “Phil” as he was known by many who knew him best, was a leading herpetologist and ecologist in the Sonoran desert region.
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The thermal quality of the habitat is key for the regulation of body temperature in terrestrial ectotherms and, therefore, permits them to carry out their fundamental biological activities. In thermally heterogeneous environments, ectotherms might follow different behavioral or physiological strategies to maintain their body temperature within biol...
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Barry Sinervo fue un investigador que impactó al mundo de la biología por su capacidad de entender los problemas de manera integral y por su elocuencia en las conferencias y cursos. Era capaz de integrar la información generada por sus investigaciones con la teoría de diversas disciplinas, impactando y sembrando una semilla de conocimiento en cada...
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Generalidades de los geckos nativos de Argentina
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Global climate change and the associated erosion of habitat suitability are pervasive threats to biodiversity. It is critical to identify specific stressors to assess a species vulnerability to extinction, especially in species with distinctive natural histories. Here, we present a combination of field, laboratory, and modeling approaches to evalua...
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Viviparity is an evolutionary innovation that enhances maternal protection of developing embryos relative to egg-laying ancestors. The behavioral, physiological, morphological, and life history pathways underpinning this innovation, however, remain unclear. We capitalized on the repeated origin of viviparity in phrynosomatid lizards to tease apart...
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Environmental temperatures often regulate the activity and physiological processes of ectotherms. Because environmental temperatures can vary significantly among seasons, lizards exposed to different thermal conditions in different months could differ in how they thermoregulate or behave. Here, we present a combination of field, laboratory, and mod...
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The aim of this study is to present data on body temperatures of Petrosaurus thalassinus (San Lucan rock lizard) in both field and laboratory conditions.
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This review is the first to summarize published studies that document nocturnal activity events in reptiles previously considered exclusively diurnal. The ecophysiological implications of this nocturnal activity in tropical and high-latitude environments are described and discussed from the perspective of optimal activity temperature ranges, tolera...
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Pseudotomodon trigonatus is a dipsadid snake endemic to Argentina. It is mainly distributed in the Monte Desert ecoregion, but it also occurs in the Mountain Chaco (Giraudo and Scrocchi 2002. Smithsonian Herpetological Information Service 1321?53; Avila 1997. Herpetol. Rev. 28:98). It is generally associated with xerophytic environments in the Mont...
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Liolaemus ditadai is a poorly known lizard species, distributed in SalinasGrandes and Salinas de Ambargasta salt flats located in central-northern Argentina (Ávila et al. 2015. Check List 11:1710). It is found exclusively in the halophytic vegetation typical of the border of the salt plain, composed by Heterostachys ritteriana and Allenrolfea patag...
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Homonota horrida is distributed in Argentina and Paraguay (Cacciali et al. 2018. Zoosyst. Evol. 94:147?161; Talbot 1978.J. Herpetol. 12:433?435). It is an endemic species to the Chaco ecoregion. In the Arid Chaco, it is considered a forest specialist, and it is associated with leaf litter and fallen logs (Cruz 1994. Cuad. Herpetol. 8:119?125; Peleg...
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Contomastix serrana is a lizard mainly distributed in highlands of northern Argentina, in Córdoba, San Luis, and Santiago del Estero provinces (Cei 1993. Reptiles del Noroeste, Nordeste y Este de la Argentina. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino, Monogr. 949 pp.). It was also reported in lowlands in Chaco Province (Acosta et al. 2015. Cuad. Herpetol. 29:173...
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El cambio climático (CC) podría ocasionar la extinción del 20% de las especies de lagartijas a nivel mundial para el año 2080. Sin embargo, el riesgo de extinción varía entre especies y depende de los requerimientos fisiológicos de los individuos y de la distribución geográfica de las poblaciones. En el presente trabajo evaluamos aspectos de la eco...
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Global climate change is a major known threat against biodiversity, however, it is still unclear how it will affect different taxonomic groups as the answer is dependent on species-specific natural history and habitat complexity. Desert reptiles are of particular concern because they must thermoregulate within optimal limits despite high environmen...
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p>Lizards are vertebrate ectotherms, which like other animals maintain their body temperature (Tb) within a relatively narrow range in order to carry out crucial physiological processes during their life cycle. The preferred body temperature (Ts) that a lizard voluntarily selects in a laboratory thermal gradient provides a reasonable estimate of wh...
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Thermal ecology studies of ectothermic organisms provide important information for studying ecological physiology, evolution, behavior, and more recently, to assess how climate change may affect them. Ectotherms have received wide attention, but field studies on amphibians are lacking. Consequently, we present data on thermoregulation of 11 species...
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The US and Mexico share a common history in many areas, including language and culture. They face ecological changes due to the increased frequency and severity of droughts and rising energy demands; trends that entail economic costs for both nations and major implications for human well being. We describe an ongoing effort by the Environment Worki...
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Recent climate change should result in expansion of species to northern or high elevation range margins, and contraction at southern and low elevation margins due to extinction. Climate models predict dramatic extinctions and distributional shifts in the next century, but there are few ground-truths of these dire forecasts leading to uncertainty in...
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Here we report an observation of E. multicarinata feeding upon a novel prey species.
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El conocimiento acerca de la termorregulación de los reptiles en México ha crecido considerablemente desde principios de la década de 1990 y se ha enfocado en múltiples ecosistemas, taxones y temáticas, pero la información está dispersa. Por lo tanto, en este ensayo se realizó una revisión de la literatura sobre la ecofisiología térmica de los rept...
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Documentamos la distribución actual y potencial con base en registros de presencia de diversas colecciones nacionales e internacionales. Ademas registramos nuevos registros no publicados en el estado de Guerrero
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The Puyehue-Cordón Caulle eruption of 4 June 2011 dispersed about 100 million tonnes of pyroclastic materials resulting in ash accumulations of 30 cm depth on the Patagonian steppe, an area occupied by several lizard species. Herein we analysed, by experimental trials, the effects of ash and slope on running performance of two endemic and vulnerabl...
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Here we report the first record of clearly underdeveloped horns in an individual of Phrynosoma orbiculare.
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During climate change, species are often assumed to shift their geographic distributions (geographic ranges) in order to track environmental conditions – niches – to which they are adapted. Recent work, however, suggests that niches do not always remain conserved during climate change but shift instead, allowing populations to persist in place or e...
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Temperature plays an important role in the behavior, ecology, physiology, and evolution of reptiles. Herein, we present selected bodytemperatures on 9 species of Phrynosoma under laboratory conditions, and note congeneric differences related to altitude and reproductive mode.The results are discussed with those of other phrynosomatid lizards.
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Thermoregulatory studies of ectothermic organisms are an important tool for ecological physiology, evolutionary ecology and behavior, and recently have become central for evaluating and predicting global climate change impacts. Here, we present a novel combination of field, laboratory, and modeling approaches to examine body temperature regulation,...
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We sampled Gopherus morafkai, Morafka’s, or Sonoran Desert tortoise across its geographic distribution at 43 localities, at 37 of which we found tortoises, in northwestern Mexico during 2005- 2013. Observed relative abundance did not differ among desertscrub, thornscrub, and tropical deciduous forest, although sampling was more difficult in tropica...
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Thermoregulatory studies of ectothermic organisms are an important tool for ecological physiology, evolutionary ecology and behavior, and recently have become central for evaluating and predicting global climate change impacts. Here, we present a novel combination of field, laboratory, and modeling approaches to examine body temperature regulation,...
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We used operative temperatures models shaped like tortoises to portray the operative thermal environment of desert tortoises (Gopherus morafkai) in three environments in Mexico during October 2012 – August 2013. Cooler, shadier thermal characteristics of tropical deciduous forest (TDF) in southern Sonora permit tortoise activity for ≈ 3X longer per...
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Environmental temperature is an important factor that regulates activity and physiological processes of ectotherms. Because sympatric species are exposed to similar thermal niche conditions, closely related species could present similar thermal requirements. This similarity may generate interspecific competition for optimal thermal space. The therm...
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We evaluated and compared the thermal quality for a lizard community (9 species) in Sierra del Ajusco and Pedregal de San Ángel (central Mexico) along an altitudinal gradient (2 320-3 530 m) to determine whether different thermal environments may be influencing species distribution and thermoregulatory behavior. Six areas that differ in elevation a...
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HEMIDACTYLUS FRENATUS (Common House Gecko). MÉXICO: TABASCO: muniCiPaliTy oF maCusPana: Holcim-Apasco Field Station (17.65156°N, 92.438858°W; WGS84), 40 m elev. 9 June 2014. Pierre Charruau, Rafael A. Lara-Resendiz, and Aníbal H. Díaz de la Vega-Pérez. Verified by F. Méndez-de la Cruz. CNAR- RF 62-64. First municipality record, extending the range...