Feeding habits of the Robber Frog Pristimantis paulodutrai (Bokermann, 1975) in northeastern Brazil
Keywords:Amphibia, Anura, Bahia, Craugastoridae, diet, predator-prey interaction
AbstractAbstract: Studying feeding habits is crucial to understand complex predator-prey interactions. Even though anurans play a fundamental role in the control of arthropods populations, the diet of several Neotropical species is poorly known. We describe the frequency and occurrence of prey items and their dry mass in stomach contents of the Robber Frog Pristimantis paulodutrai in the north east of the state of Bahia, Brazil. Based on the stomach contents of 30 individuals, Araneae, Isopoda, and Formicidae were found to be the most important food items. The generalist diet of this frog, which seems to be phylogenetically conserved among Pristimantis, is likely to be linked to its ecological dominance in the habitats surveyed. Our study corroborates the high trophic relevance of Robber Frogs in tropical forests as generalist predators.
How to Cite
Alves-dos-Santos, T. F. S. S., Forti, L. R., & Napoli, M. F. (2021). Feeding habits of the Robber Frog Pristimantis paulodutrai (Bokermann, 1975) in northeastern Brazil. Biota Neotropica, 21(2). Retrieved from //www.biotaneotropica.org.br/BN/article/view/1807