Brigham Young University Science Bulletin, Biological Series


Sceloporus occidentalis–Ecology, Uta stansburiana–Ecology, Reptiles–Ecology, Reptiles–Nevada–Ecology


This paper constitutes the first in a series of terminal reports to the United States Atomic Energy Commission for Contract AT (11–1) 1496. It includes a major study on the ecology and life history of Sceloporus occidentalis longipes Hollowell and a comparative study of three populations of Uta s. stansburiana Baird and Girard with special emphasis given for the Uta population on Rainier Mesa.

The study plot of major concern in this report is located on Rainier Mesa of the Nevada Test Site. Reports for other study plots (Frenchman's Flat–four study areas–and Mercury Valley ) will follow in the near future and will include information concerning the ecology and life history of at least the following species: Coleonyx variegtus, Crotaphytus collaris, Crotaphytus wislizeni, Sauromalus obesus, Callisaurus draconoides, Sceloporus magister, Phrynosoma platyrhinos, and Chionactis occipitalis.