Ecological interactions between arthropods and small vertebrates in a lowland Amazon rainforest

Rudolf von May, Emanuele Biggi, Heidy Cárdenas, M. Isabel Diaz, Consuelo Alarcón, Valia Herrera, Roy Santa-Cruz, Francesco Tomasinelli, Erin P. Westeen, Ciara M. Sánchez-Paredes, Joanna G. Larson, Pascal O. Title, Maggie R. Grundler, Michael C. Grundler, Alison R.Davis Rabosky, Daniel L. Rabosky

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Abstract

Ecological interactions such as those involving arthropod predators and parasitoids and their prey or hosts provide evidence for selective pressures influencing small vertebrate populations, and are key to understanding the many connections that shape food webs in tropical rainforests. Here, we document 15 predator-prey interactions involving different types of arthropod predators and vertebrate prey including frogs, lizards, snakes, and a mammal. Documented also are three cases of fly myiasis in frogs, and provide further evidence of a commensal relationship involving a tarantula and a narrow-mouthed frog in lowland Amazonian Peru.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)65-77
Number of pages13
JournalAmphibian and Reptile Conservation
Volume13
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Amazonia
  • Amphibians
  • Centipedes
  • Commensalism
  • Frogs
  • Lizards
  • Myiasis
  • Opossums
  • Parasitoids
  • Predator- prey
  • Reptiles
  • Snakes
  • Spiders
  • Stingless bees
  • Water bugs

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    von May, R., Biggi, E., Cárdenas, H., Isabel Diaz, M., Alarcón, C., Herrera, V., Santa-Cruz, R., Tomasinelli, F., Westeen, E. P., Sánchez-Paredes, C. M., Larson, J. G., Title, P. O., Grundler, M. R., Grundler, M. C., Rabosky, A. R. D., & Rabosky, D. L. (2019). Ecological interactions between arthropods and small vertebrates in a lowland Amazon rainforest. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, 13(1), 65-77.