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Seasonal Food Habits of Anolis Limifrons
- Sexton, Owen J., Bauman, Joan, Ortleb, Edward
- Ecology 1972 v.53 no.1 pp. 182-186
- Anolis limifrons, eating habits, females, islands, lizards, males, plant litter, predators, vegetation, Panama Canal Zone
- The seasonal food habits of Anolis limifrons, an iguanid lizard, were studied by examining the stomachs of 512 individuals collected on Barro Colorado Island, Panama Canal Zone, during three periods. Frequency and length of prey and length of predators were determined. Frequency distributions of different size classes of potential prey were obtained from leaf litter and low vegetation samples. The lizards selected larger size classes of potential prey. All size classes of predators captured the smaller size classes of prey, but the larger prey were taken by larger predators. More female than male lizards had food in their stomachs. There was no wet season—dry season difference in frequency of food found in the stomachs.