The ecological cost of morphological specialization: feeding by a fossorial lizard

@article{Andrews2004TheEC,
  title={The ecological cost of morphological specialization: feeding by a fossorial lizard},
  author={R. Andrews and F. H. Pough and A. Collazo and A. Queiroz},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2004},
  volume={73},
  pages={139-145}
}
SummaryHead size and shape of reptiles may reflect selection for multiple uses. For example, sexual selection for large head size may enhance feeding efficiency. In contrast, morphological characteristics of the heads of fossorial reptiles suggests that fossoriality may have evolved at the expense of reduced effectiveness in feeding. Our research focused on the question: Does a fossorial lizard feed less effectively than a non-fossorial lizard? To answer this question, we measured the time… Expand
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