YELLOW TONGUED FOREST ANOLE
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Photo shot in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador
“We studied the ecology of Anolis nitens brasiliensis during late-dry and early-wet season 2005 in a Cerrado habitat in Tocantins state, Brazil. Most lizards were found on tree trunks or leaf litter in non-flooded igapo´ forest. Most were found in shade or filtered sun on both cloudy and sunny days. Body temperatures (Tbs) averaged 30.6OC and did not vary among microhabitats. Microhabitats in shade or filtered sun provided temperatures throughout the day allowing lizard activity.
Nineteen prey categories were found in lizard stomachs, but the diet was dominated by
spiders, crickets/grasshoppers, ants, and beetles.
Males were larger in SVL and mass than females, and males had relatively longer hind limbs than females. Females were variable but larger in body width.
In general, the ecology of Anolis n. brasiliensis is similar to that of its Amazonian relatives, with the exception that it lives in a more thermally extreme environment and is active at slightly higher Tbs. Ecological traits of this lizard, particularly its reliance on relatively low Tb for activity, suggest that it might be particularly vulnerable to local extinction if its habitat is altered.”
From a study by: Laurie J. Vitt, Donald B. Shepard, Gustavo H. C. Vieira, Janalee P. Caldwell, Guarino R. Colli, and Daniel O. Mesquita.
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