Under review

46. Weber-Souza FF, Lemos FG, Ortega Z, Giroux A, Lima CFM, Candeias IZ, Freitas MC, Cavalcanti F, Oliveira-Santos LGR. Combining carnivore conservation and cattle production in converted landscapes through hoary fox habitat selection. Animal Conservation. Under review.

45. Acero-Murcia MD, Defler TR, Ortega Z, García-Villaba E, Almario L, López-Camacho R. Seasonal behavioral patterns of the Caquetá Titi monkey (Plecturocebus caquetensis). Under review.

44. Rivas ML, Rodriguez-Caballero E, Barreu B, Carpio A, Esteban N, Fuentes M, Robinson K, Aranza J, León Y,

Ortega Z. Resilience of sea turtle populations to global projected sea-level rise. Journal of Applied Ecology. Under review.

43. Ganci C, Santos H, Ferreira VL, Ortega Z. Chemical compounds of a Neotropical plant constrain the antipredator behaviour of sympatric tadpoles. Acta Ethologica. Under review.

42. Contreras-Peinado L, Ortega Z. Perch selection of three species of Pantanal’s kingfishers. PeerJ. Under review (preprint in bioRxiv, DOI: 10.1101/2020.09.21.306027).

41. Ganci C, Ortega Z, Provete DB. Harlequin Frogs (Lysapsus) prefer mild places to park. Journal of Zoology. Under review (preprint in bioRxiv, DOI: 10.1101/2020.06.11.146613).

40. Silva GA, Ortega Z, Wiziack S, Ferreira VL. The topic of snakes on teacher training. Ciência & Educação. Under review.


39. Thaler R, Ortega Z*, Ferreira VL (2022) Extrinsic traits consistently drive microhabitat decisions of an arboreal snake, independently of sex and personality. Behavioural Processes, 104649. (*co-first authors)

38. Ortega Z, Ganci C, Rivas ML. Thermoregulation and hydric balance in amphibians. In: Evolutionary Ecology of Amphibians (Moreno-Rueda G, Comas M, Eds.), CRC Press (in press).


37. Salvador A, Donaire-Barroso D, El Mouden EH, Recuero-Gil E, Bouam I, Martínez-Solano I, García-Cardenete L, García-París M., Crochet P-A, Geniez P, Baha El Din S, Slimani T, Joger U, Ortega  Z (2021) Pelophylax saharicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021: e.T58707A89704628. PDF

36. Ortega Z, Contreras-Peinado L, López-Ballesteros A, Rivas ML (2021). Evitemos el sesgo machista en el trabajo de campo. In: Género y Educación: Escuela, Educación no Formal, Familia y Medios de Comunicación (Álvaro-Andaluz L, Hamodi-Galán C, Eds.), Dyckinson S.L., ISBN: 978-84-1377-638-5, pp 253-257. PDF

35. Giroux A, Ortega Z, Oliveira-Santos LG,  Attias N, Bertassoni A, Desbiez A (2021) Sexual, allometric and forest cover effects on giant anteaters’ movement ecology. PLoS ONE 16(8), e0253345. PDF

34. Benício R, Cunha-Passos D, Mencía A, Ortega Z (2021) Microhabitat selection of the poorly known Tropidurus lagunablanca (Squamata: Tropiduridae) in the Pantanal, Brazil. Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia 61,  e20216118. PDF

33. Martins K*, Ortega Z*, Ferreira VL (2021) Calling site selection by male Boana punctata (Anura: Hylidae). Amphibia-Reptilia. DOI: 10.1163/15685381-bja10060. PDF (*co-first authors).

32. Giroux A, Ortega Z, Bertassoni A, Desbiez A, Massocato G, Mourão G, Surita L, Attias N, Gasparotto VPO, Oliveira-Santos LGR (2021) The role of environmental temperature on movement patterns of giant anteaters. Integrative Zoology 1-12. PDF

31. Serra-Medeiros S*, Ortega Z*, Antunes P, Miraglia HH, Oliveira-Santos LGR (2021) Space use and activity of capybaras in an urban area. Journal of Mammalogy021, gyab005, (*co-first authors).


30. Peixoto-Couto RM, Miguel MC, Ortega Z (2020) First record of predation on Rhinella diptycha (Anura, Bufonidae) by Caiman latirostris (Crocodylia, Alligatoridae). Actualidades Biológicas 42, 1-5. PDF

29. Ortega Z (2020) Book Review: Green Planets. Ecology and Science Fiction. MOSF Journal of Science Fiction 4, 89-91. PDF


28. Müller MMP, Ortega Z, Antunes PC, Seino LL, Hammarstron MJ, Balbino-Silva ACF & Oliveira-Santos LGR (2019) The home range of adult Phrynops geoffroanus (Testudines, Chelidae) in relation to sex and body mass. Herpetozoa 32, 259-265     PDF / supplementary material

27. Ortega Z, Martín-Vallejo J (2019) Main factors affecting the thermoregulation of lacertid lizards. Integrative Zoology 14, 293-305. DOI: 10.1111/1749-4877.12363  PDF / supplementary material

26. Ortega Z, Mencía A, Giroux A, Pérez-Mellado V (2019) Broad seasonal changes in thermoregulation of Podarcis lilfordi (Squamata, Lacertidae) at Binicodrell islet (Menorca, Spain). Herpetozoa 32, 57-63. DOI: 10.3897/herpetozoa.32.e35662     PDF

25. Ortega Z, Mencía A, Martins K, Soares P, Ferreira VF, Oliveira-Santos LG (2019) Disentangling the role of heat sources on microhabitat selection of two Neotropical lizards. Journal of Tropical Ecology 35, 149-156.    PDF


24. Alves-Benício R, Ortega Z, Mencía A, Cunha-Passos D (2019) Microhabitat selection of Ameiva ameiva (Squamata: Teiidae) in the Brazilian Pantanal. Herpetozoa, 31(3/4):211-218    PDF


23. Ortega Z, Mencía A, Pérez-Mellado V (2018) Antipredatory behaviour of a mountain lizard to the chemical cues of its predatory snakes. Behaviour 155, 817-840. DOI: 10.1163/1568539X-00003504   PDF

22. Souza-Terra J, Ortega Z, Ferreira VL (2018) Thermal ecology and microhabitat use of an arboreal lizard in two different Pantanal wetland phytophysionomies (Brazil). Journal of Thermal Biology 75, 81-87. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2018.06.004  PDF


21. Ortega Z, Pérez-Mellado V (2017) The effect of thermoregulation requirements in fine-scale microhabitat selection and activity of Podarcis lilfordi. Salamandra 53: 351–358. URL  PDF

20. Ortega Z, Mencía A, Pérez-Mellado V (2017) Aspects of the thermal ecology of the lizard Iberolacerta monticola at relatively high altitudes. Herpetol J 27: 239-244. URL  PDF

19. Ortega Z*, Mencía A*, Pérez-Mellado V (2017) Rapid acquisition of antipredatory responses to new predators by an insular lizard. Behav Ecol Sociobiol 71: 1. DOI: 10.1007/s00265-016-2246-4 (*co-first authors).  PDF

18. Mencía A*, Ortega Z*, Pérez-Mellado V (2017) From tameness to wariness: chemical recognition of snake predators by lizards on a Mediterranean island. PeerJ 5: e2828. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.2828 (*co-first authors)  PDF


17. Ortega Z, Mencía A, Pérez-Mellado V (2016) Notes on thermal ecology of Testudo hermanni hermanni in Menorca (Balearic Islands, Spain). Amphibia-Reptilia 38:108-112. DOI: 10.1163/15685381-00003084  PDF

16. Ortega Z, Pérez-Mellado V, Navarro P, Lluch J (2016). On the feeding ecology of Pelophylax saharicus (Boulenger 1913) from Morocco. Acta Herpetologica 11(2): 11-17. DOI:  PDF

15. Ortega Z, Mencía A, Pérez-Mellado V (2016) Thermal ecology of Podarcis siculus (Rafinesque-Schmalz, 1810) in Menorca (Balearic Islands, Spain). Acta Herpetol 11(2): 73-79. DOI:  PDF

14. Ortega Z, Martín-Vallejo J, Mencía A, Galindo-Villardón MP, Pérez-Mellado V (2016) Introducing meta-partition, a useful methodology to explore factors that influence ecological effect sizes. PLoS ONE 11(7): e0158624. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0158624  PDF

13. Ortega Z, Mencía A, Pérez-Mellado V (2016) Wind constraints on the thermoregulation of high mountain lizards. Int J Biometeorol. DOI: 10.1007/s00484-016-1233-9  PDF

12. Ortega Z, Mencía A, Pérez-Mellado V (2016) Adaptive seasonal shifts in the thermal preferences of the lizard Iberolacerta galani (Squamata, Lacertidae). J Therm Biol 62: 1-6. DOI:  10.1016/j.jtherbio.2016.10.005  PDF

11. Ortega Z, Mencía A, Pérez-Mellado V (2016) Sexual differences on behavioral thermoregulation of the lizard Scelarcis perspicillata. J Therm Biol 61: 44-49. DOI:  PDF

10. Ortega Z, Pérez-Mellado V (2016) Seasonal patterns of body temperature and microhabitat selection in a lacertid lizard. Acta Oecol. 77C: 201-206. DOI: 10.1016/j.actao.2016.08.006  PDF

9. Ortega Z, Mencía A, Pérez-Mellado V (2016) Behavioral buffering of global warming in a cold-adapted lizard. Ecol Evol 6: 4582–4590. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2216  PDF

8. Ortega Z, Mencía A, Pérez-Mellado V (2016) Are becoming mountain habitats more suitable for thermoregulation of generalist than cold-adapted lizards? PeerJ 4: e2085. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.2085  PDF

7. Ortega Z, Mencía A, Pérez-Mellado V (2016) The peak of thermoregulation effectiveness: thermal biology of the Pyrenean rock lizard, Iberolacerta bonnali (Squamata, Lacertidae). J Therm Biol 56: 77-83. DOI:  PDF

6. Mencía A, Ortega Z, Pérez-Mellado V (2016) Chemical discrimination of sympatric snakes by the mountain lizard Iberolacerta galani (Squamata: Lacertidae). Herpetol J 26(2): 151-157. URL  PDF


5. Pérez-Mellado V, Garrido M, Ortega Z, Pérez-Cembranos A, Mencía A (2014). The yellow-legged gull as a predator of lizards in Balearic Islands. Amphibia-Reptilia 35(2): 207-213. DOI: 10.1163/15685381-00002945  PDF

4. Ortega Z, Pérez-Mellado V, Garrido M, Guerra C, Villa-García A, Alonso-Fernández T (2014) Seasonal changes in thermal biology of Podarcis lilfordi (Squamata, Lacertidae) consistently depend on habitat traits. J Therm Biol 39: 32–39. DOI:  PDF


3. Pérez-Mellado V, Alonso Fernández T, Garrido Escudero M, Guerra Rodríguez C, Ortega Diago Z, Villa García A (2013) Biología térmica de la lagartija balear, Podarcis lilfordi (Günther, 1874) en dos poblaciones de Menorca. Revista de Menorca 92: 219-244. URL  PDF


2. Ortega Z Pérez-Mellado V (2012) Podarcis lilfordi. Caudophaghy. Herpetol Rev 43 (1): 139. 


1. Pérez-Mellado V, Corti C, Lo Cascio P, Ortega Z, Kletecki E, Tvrtković N (2008) Notes on feeding ecology of some Croatian populations of Podarcis melisellensis (Squamata, Lacertidae). In: Corti C. (ed), Herpetologia Sardiniae. Societas Herpetologica Italica. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina, Italia, pp. 391-395. URL