Predation of Conepatus chinga (Molina, 1782) (Carnivora, Mephitidae) by Salvator merianae (Duméril and Bibron, 1839) (Squamata, Teiidae) on a field area of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Renata Cardoso Vieira, Arthur Schramm de Oliveira, Nelson Jurandi Rosa Fagundes, Laura Vinas Verrastro

Abstract


The present communication reports a predation event of the medium-sized mammal Conepatus chinga by the lizard Salvator merianae. This record was obtained in a field area of the municipality of Eldorado do Sul, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, on October 23rd, 2014, and increases the variety of prey types and sizes of the omnivorous diet of the species, confirming its opportunistic habit.

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