Tarentola mauritanica is the most common gecko species in the Iberian Peninsula. It is widespread in most of the anthropogenic areas, where it shows predating behavior and male territoriality, especially during breeding season. In this note, we report an atypical aggregation of this species found in the streetlamps of the most frequented area of a campsite in Ronda, Malaga, Spain. There are previously reported T. mauritanica diurnal aggregations in retreat sites, but not much information can be found related to the interaction among reptiles in small places with high prey availability. This unusual tolerance to the presence of other males in such a reduced but suitable place for predating as a spotlight near humid facilities could be explained as an adaptive strategy to increase their success in hunting.
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- General Agricultural and Biological Sciences