Table 3: Superficial characteristics of the nesting sites of L. malachurum sampled in 2008. Measures were taken at 3 plots of 1m×1m at each site. Except for soil hardness, which was taken 3 times at each plot (9 measures per site), all the other variables have n=3, so that statistical comparisons were not possible.

Sample codeSoil hardness (Kg/cm2)Vegetation cover (%)Soil surface slope (degrees)Number of stones with diameter >5 cmStone cover (%)

A7.9±2.12.7±2.513.3±203.3±0.613.3±7.6
B8.6±1.20000
C10.7±0.311.7±16.102.7±3.810.0±0.0
D10.9±0.263.3±5.8001.7±2.9
E6.5±1.81.7±2.9002
StatisticsKruskall-Wallis test: χ 2=29.12, P<.001