Brigham Young University Science Bulletin, Biological Series


Radioecology, Radiation–Physiological effect, Vertebrates–Utah–Upper Colorado River Basin


This paper constitutes a terminal report to the United States Atomic Energy Commission for contract AT(11-1)819. It provides not only a faunistic and floristic study of areas having a high and low surface radiation, but also includes a consideration of their general ecology. Major emphasis is placed on the variation of the external characteristics of the small vertebrates of these areas with a statistical analysis of those characters examined in the lizards. The study was conducted in southeastern Utah (Tanner 1963, see map) from October 1959 through 1964, and was conducted as a test of the variation effects of natural surface radiation on the external characteristics of small vertebrates.