Feeding habits of the leaf litter frog Haddadus binotatus (Anura, Craugastoridae) from two Atlantic Forest areas in southeastern Brazil

LÍVIA COCO, VITOR N.T. BORGES JÚNIOR, LUCIANA A. FUSINATTO, MARA C. KIEFER, JANE C.F. OLIVEIRA, PABLO G. ARAUJO, BIANCA M. COSTA, MONIQUE VAN SLUYS, CARLOS F.D. ROCHA
2014 Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências  
Haddadus binotatus is an endemic anuran of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest and currently, there is no information about the diet of this species. We analyzed the diet of two populations of this anuran in two states in southeast Brazil. Samplings were carried out in 2004 in the state of Rio de Janeiro and in 2009 and 2010 in the state of Espírito Santo. Haddadus binotatus presented a rich diet composition, preying 19 prey types. Orthoptera, Coleoptera, and Blattodea were the most important preys
more » ... t important preys in the Rio de Janeiro population, and Orthoptera, Araneae and Hemiptera were the most important in the Espírito Santo population. The diet composition differed numerically between the two localities, but not in terms of volume, which can reflect local differences in the prey availability in the two habitats. The jaw width limited the size of prey, which is expected for predators who swallow the preys without chewing. The proportion of individuals with empty stomachs was higher in the Rio de Janeiro population (39.2%) than in the Espírito Santo population (17.9%), suggesting that the former could be in a lower energy balance. The females of the species were larger than the males, which may result from the production of larger eggs.
doi:10.1590/0001-37652014113012 pmid:24676165 fatcat:zdffcifmbrg7tjyu7tkqul62ua