Natural history of Tropidurus oreadicus in a rocky cerrado area of Central Brazil
Keywords:niche, diet, activity, ecology, Tropidurus
AbstractEcological aspects and of the reproductive biology of Tropidurus oreadicus was investigated in a rocky cerrado area in Central Brazil. It was studied the morphometry, the microhabitat use, the activity pattern, the diet and the characteristics of the reproductive biology of T. oreadicus in Cocalzinho-GO, from April to September/2003. They are sexually dimorphic animals, with adult males larger than females. The preferential microhabitat used by the species was the surface of the rocks (saxicolous habit). The species shows a unimodal activity pattern. It was frequently observed resting and exposed to the sun between 9:00 and 10:59 hours. This T. oreadicus population feed upon ants, larvae of insects and beetles. Besides it presented ontogenetics shift and intersexual differences in the diet. Probably these differences were associated with the differentiated allocation of the resources for the growth or production of gamete. The reproduction is probably seasonal occurring mainly during the months of higher rainfall.
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Meira, K. T. R., Faria, R. G., Silva, M. das D. M., Miranda, V. T. de, & Zahn-Silva, W. (2007). Natural history of Tropidurus oreadicus in a rocky cerrado area of Central Brazil. Biota Neotropica, 7(2). Retrieved from //www.biotaneotropica.org.br/BN/article/view/294