publication . Article . 2003

Correlated evolution of herbivory and food chemical discrimination in iguanian and ambush foraging lizards

William E. Cooper;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2003 Journal: Behavioral Ecology, volume 14, issue 3 May, pages 409-416
To efficiently locate and assess foods, animal sensory capacities and behavioral discriminations based on them must be appropriate for the diet and method of hunting. In lizards, actively foraging insectivores identify animal prey using lingually sampled chemical cues, but ambush foragers do not. Among plant eaters derived from active foragers, plant chemical discrimination is added to prey chemical discrimination, resulting in correlated evolution of plant diet and plant chemical discrimination. Here I present comparative evidence on the relationships between plant diet and food chemical discrimination in Iguania, which consists primarily of ambush foragers and...
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free text keywords: behavior; evolution; foraging mode; food chemical discrimination; lizards; Squamata
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