The Depression of Reptile Biomass by Large Herbivores

@article{Janzen1976TheDO,
  title={The Depression of Reptile Biomass by Large Herbivores},
  author={Daniel H. Janzen},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={1976},
  volume={110},
  pages={371 - 400}
}
  • D. Janzen
  • Published 1 May 1976
  • Biology
  • The American Naturalist
I hypothesize that an apparent very low density of reptiles in a wide variety of African habitats is due to exceptional predation pressure on reptiles by a large array of carnivores that are maintained in two ways by the exceptionally large biomass of large herbivores in these habitats. First, there is anecdotal and circumstantial evidence suggesting that some of the regular predators on reptiles may take carrion or other products from big game in times of short supply of regular prey, thereby… Expand
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