The escape behaviour of wild Greek tortoises Testudo graeca with and emphasis on geometrical shape discrimination

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621114
Title:
The escape behaviour of wild Greek tortoises Testudo graeca with and emphasis on geometrical shape discrimination
Authors:
Glavaschi, Alexandra; Beaumont, Ellen S.
Abstract:
Geometrical shape discrimination has been shown to play an important role in the spatial orientation of a wide variety of mammals and birds, while the study of this ability in particular and of cognitive processes in general has been rather neglected in reptiles. The present experiment aims to investigate the ability of wild Greek tortoises Testudo graeca from Topolog forest, Tulcea County, Romania, to discriminate between simple geometrical shapes. Forty-two adult tortoises were subjected to a task consisting of escaping from a square arena through one of the four available doors, each with a geometrical shape attached. Thirty-one individuals completed ten consecutive trials, requiring significantly less time for the last trial than for the first. This trend suggests that Greek tortoises developed and used an escape strategy, most likely relying on the geometrical shapes provided as cues. This experiment is the first to explore the cognitive processes of this species and further work should expand on the ecological significance of this ability.
Affiliation:
University of Derby
Citation:
Glavaschi, A. and Beaumont, Ellen, S. (2014) 'The escape behaviour of wild Greek tortoises Testudo graeca with and emphasis on geometrical shape discrimination', Basic and Applied Herpetology, vol 28, pp. 21-33
Publisher:
Spanish Herpetological Society
Journal:
Basic and Applied Herpetology
Issue Date:
2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621114
DOI:
10.11160/bah.13019
Additional Links:
https://sites.google.com/site/bahonlinesite/v28/13019; https://sites.google.com/site/bahonlinesite/v28/13019
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
2255-1476
Appears in Collections:
Environmental Sustainability Research Centre

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorGlavaschi, Alexandraen
dc.contributor.authorBeaumont, Ellen S.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-12-02T15:38:57Z-
dc.date.available2016-12-02T15:38:57Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationGlavaschi, A. and Beaumont, Ellen, S. (2014) 'The escape behaviour of wild Greek tortoises Testudo graeca with and emphasis on geometrical shape discrimination', Basic and Applied Herpetology, vol 28, pp. 21-33en
dc.identifier.issn2255-1476-
dc.identifier.doi10.11160/bah.13019-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/621114-
dc.description.abstractGeometrical shape discrimination has been shown to play an important role in the spatial orientation of a wide variety of mammals and birds, while the study of this ability in particular and of cognitive processes in general has been rather neglected in reptiles. The present experiment aims to investigate the ability of wild Greek tortoises Testudo graeca from Topolog forest, Tulcea County, Romania, to discriminate between simple geometrical shapes. Forty-two adult tortoises were subjected to a task consisting of escaping from a square arena through one of the four available doors, each with a geometrical shape attached. Thirty-one individuals completed ten consecutive trials, requiring significantly less time for the last trial than for the first. This trend suggests that Greek tortoises developed and used an escape strategy, most likely relying on the geometrical shapes provided as cues. This experiment is the first to explore the cognitive processes of this species and further work should expand on the ecological significance of this ability.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSpanish Herpetological Societyen
dc.relation.urlhttps://sites.google.com/site/bahonlinesite/v28/13019en
dc.relation.urlhttps://sites.google.com/site/bahonlinesite/v28/13019en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Basic and Applied Herpetologyen
dc.subjectCognitive abilitiesen
dc.subjectNavigationen
dc.subjectTortoisesen
dc.subjectTestudo graecaen
dc.titleThe escape behaviour of wild Greek tortoises Testudo graeca with and emphasis on geometrical shape discriminationen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.identifier.journalBasic and Applied Herpetologyen
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