Data on the Food Composition of European Glass Lizard, Pseudopus apodus (Pallas, 1775) (Squamata: Anguidae) from Canakkale (Western Anatolia, Turkey)


ÇİÇEK K., TOK C. V. , HAYRETDAĞ S. , AYAZ D.

ACTA ZOOLOGICA BULGARICA, cilt.66, ss.433-436, 2014 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 66 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2014
  • Dergi Adı: ACTA ZOOLOGICA BULGARICA
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.433-436

Özet

We examined the food composition of the European Glass Lizard, Pseudopus apodus, from canakkale (Western Anatolia, Turkey), by means of the stomach content analysis. Some 72 prey items with sizes ranging from 10 to 60 mm were detected in the stomach contents of the 13 (7 male male, 6 female female) museum specimens under examination. The median number of prey items was 5 (range = 3-8) in males and 4 (4-6) in females. According to the obtained data, the class Insecta (86.1%) is the predominant food of the species, with the most frequently observed prey items belonging to the order Coleoptera (76.4%). Orthoptera (4.2%), Hemiptera (5.6%), Gastropoda (8.3%), and Isopoda (5.6%) are the other prey groups observed in the food contents. Even though no difference in food contents was observed between the sexes, the food niche breadth of females was higher. In conclusion, the main food of P. apodus consists of non-flying or weak-flying insects as well as other invertebrates.