College

Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences (BCAS)

Date of Last Revision

2020-05-07 11:29:41

Major

Biology

Honors Course

499

Number of Credits

3

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020

Abstract

Anolis lizards are best known for their ability to adhere to surfaces with the use of their adhesive toe pads. Different ecomorphs of anoles exist which co-vary with habitat type, a concept known as ecomorphology. The ecomorphology of anoles has been well studied, however little is known about the differences that may exist within the adhesive toe pads of different anole species. In this project, differences within adhesive microstructures of five different species of Jamaican anoles was examined. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) will be used to produce images of the adhesive structures in which a variety of morphological measurements were performed. Because differences in macromorphological features due to habitat type exist between anole ecomorphs, it was hypothesized that differences will also exist within adhesive microstructure of Jamaican anoles.Trunk ground anoles were found to have less setae per unit area than trunk crown and crown giant anoles. Trunk crown anoles were found to have shorter, thinner setae than the other ecomorphs. Research on Jamaican anoles may provide insight into habitat function of adhesive toepads of anoline species.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Peter Niewiarowski

First Reader

Dr. Ali Dhinojwala

Second Reader

Dr. Anthony Russell

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Brian Bagatto

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