Cautionary comments on the measurement of maximum locomotor capabilities

Jonathan B. Losos, Douglas A. Creer, James A. Schulte

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In recent years, laboratory measurements of locomotor performance of small organisms have been used increasingly to study questions in behavioural, physiological, and evolutionary ecology. Although a valuable tool that can provide insight into organismal function, behaviour, and adaptation, this approach is potentially limited by the quality of the data collected. Using the study of maximum sprint speed in lizards as an example, common problems in methodology that may confound interpretation of performance studies are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-61
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Zoology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2002


  • Lizard
  • Locomotion
  • Methodology
  • Performance
  • Sprint speed


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