Under review

50. Arca-Rubio J, Moreno-Rueda G, Ortega Z. The distribution of vertebrate roadkill varies by season, surrounding environment and animal class (preprint in Research Square, DOI: 10.21203/

49. Giroux A, Ortega Z, Attias N, Desbiez A, Valle D, Oliveira-Santos, LGR. Activity modulation and selection for forests help giant anteaters to cope with temperature changes.

48. Rivas ML, Guirado E, Ortega Z. Artificial intelligence reveals potential Arctic whale aggregation disruption due to climate change.

47. 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. 

46. 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).

45. 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. 

44. Ganci C, Santos H, Ferreira VL, Ortega Z. Chemical compounds of a Neotropical plant constrain the antipredator behaviour of sympatric tadpoles. 

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

42. Ganci C, Ortega Z, Provete DB. Harlequin Frogs (Lysapsus) prefer mild places to park. (preprint in bioRxiv, DOI: 10.1101/2020.06.11.146613).

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


40. Ortega Z, Peinado LC, López-Ballesteros A, Rivas ML Retrato de la desigualdad de género en el área de Zoología (Overview of gender inequality in the area of Zoology). In: Educación con perspectiva de género

(Hamodi-Galán C, Álvaro-Andaluz L, Eds.), Dyckinson S.L., ISBN: 978-84-1122-685-1, pp 170-175. PDF

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