An unusual event of vertebrate predation by an insectivorous lizard

Edelcio Muscat, Elsie Rotenberg, Ibere Farina Machado

Abstract


The knowledge about Enyalius perditus Jackson, 1978 (Leiosauridae) indicates that the main food items are invertebrates. However, this communication is the first vertebrate predation report, the lizard Hemidactylus mabouia (Moureau De Jonnes, 1818) (Gekkonidae) in a remnant of Atlantic Forest in Ubatuba, state of São Paulo, Brazil. This record highlights the lack of knowledge concerning the natural history of E. perditus and adds information about types of prey as food source.

Keywords: Atlantic Forest, diet, feeding habits, natural history, prey-predator relationships.


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