Abstract

1. Skinks (Chalcides ocellatus) used 50% more energy to crush and swallow hard-bodied insect prey (Tenebrio molitor beetles) than medium- and soft-bodied prey (Tenebrio molitor larvae and Manduca sexta larvae, respectively). 2. Even for beetles, however, the energy cost of prey handling was no more than 1% of the energy assimilated. 3. Differences in handling times are probably more important than differences in energetic costs in determining the desirability of different types of prey.

Publication Date

1994

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Article may be found at: http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0269-8463(199402)8%3A1%3C17%3AECOFOD%3E2.0.CO%3B2-X ISSN:0269-8463 Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in February 2014.

Document Type

Article

Department, Program, or Center

Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences (COS)

Campus

RIT – Main Campus

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