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Omnivorous diet of the endangered Pygmy Bluetongue Lizard, Tiliqua adelaidensis

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We used scats from 71 individuals to determine the diet of the endangered Pygmy Bluetongue Lizard, Tiliqua adelaidensis, from South Australia. As predicted both from its previously reported behaviour as an ambush forager, and from its relatively small size, this scincid lizard feeds largely on arthropod prey, and the prey in the diet change opportunistically over the spring and summer. As expected, the species is less herbivorous than larger species in the same or related genera. However plant material is included in the diet to a greater extent as the summer progresses. Conservation of this species may rely on maintaining a high abundance of arthropod prey, and a habitat where efficient prey capture is possible, and on retaining appropriate plants in the species' habitat.

Affiliations: 1: School of Biological Sciences, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, South Australia 5001, Australia; 2: School of Biological Sciences, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, South Australia 5001, Australia;, Email: michael.bull@flinders.edu.au; 3: South Australian Museum, North Terrace Adelaide, South Australia 5001, Australia

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