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1 March 2008 Dietary Variation within the Andean Lizard Clade Proctoporus (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae)
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Proctoporus consists of six high-elevation lizard species distributed in the cloud forest and puna habitats of Peru and Bolivia. Proctoporus ecology is poorly understood despite a recent increase in phylogenetic research on the clade. To examine differences in diets among species, stomach contents of Proctoporus from 24 sites in central and southern Peru were analyzed, including individuals of all six species. Feeding niches were compared among the species, and differences caused by species, sex, age class, and body size were examined. Proctoporus ate prey items that were large in relation to lizard body size. Collectively, Proctoporus species had broad diets with 10 different arthropod orders represented. Beetles, ants, and spiders made up the largest proportions of diets. Diet overlap was high among species but did not appear to be directly connected to species relatedness. Sex and age class were not important determinants of diet. Despite the small body size and reclusive nature of Proctoporus lizards, they possess the ability to subdue and consume heterogeneous prey species.

Tiffany M. Doan "Dietary Variation within the Andean Lizard Clade Proctoporus (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae)," Journal of Herpetology 42(1), 16-21, (1 March 2008).
Accepted: 1 July 2007; Published: 1 March 2008

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