Shrike predation on the lizard Mesalina adramitana in Qatar; a review of reported reptile and amphibian prey
Resumen: We report, for the first time, evidence of predation by a shrike (Lanius sp.) on the lizard Mesalina adramitana. This is the first record of predation by shrikes on lizards in Qatar. Whilst we did not directly observe the event, the presence of shrikes in the area and the method of impalement indicate shrikes as the predator. The lizard was found freshly impaled on a palm tree (Phoenix dactylifera), at 150 cm above ground. Bird species of the genus Lanius are well-known predators of lizards, and in arid environments reptiles are likely common prey for these birds. We provide a review of literature concerning predatory events by shrikes on reptiles and amphibians. We suggest inspection of shrubs for animals impaled by shrikes can improve biodiversity inventories, complementing other commonly used methods.
Idioma: Inglés
DOI: 10.5339/connect.2015.1
Año: 2015
Publicado en: QScience Connect 2015 1, 1 (2015), [8 pp]
ISSN: 2223-506X

Tipo y forma: Article (Published version)

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