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Variation in stomach contents of the gecko Ptyodactylus hasselquistii guttatus in relation to sex, age, season and locality

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We examined stomach contents of 77 specimens of Ptyodactylus hasselquistii guttatus (Lacertilia: Gekkonidae) from three locations in Israel. Juveniles took smaller and softer prey items than adults. Males had relatively larger bodies and heads and took fewer, larger and more diverse prey items than did females. Composition of stomach contents varied with collection locality and season, suggesting opportunism. Most of the prey items were small. All 324 food items were invertebrates (65.3% Insecta, 23.8% Arachnida, and 10.9% of other classes). A large proportion of food items were strict ground dwellers, suggesting frequent hunting trips to the ground.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Zoology, University of Texas, Austin, Texas 78712, USA; 2: Department of Cellular Biochemistry, Hadassah Medical School, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 91010 Jerusalem, Israel


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