Anolis carolinensis: Effects of Feeding on Reaction to Aposematic Prey

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Science  02 Sep 1966:
Vol. 153, Issue 3740, pp. 1140
DOI: 10.1126/science.153.3740.1140


During a 15-day experiment, green anoles, Anolis carolinensis, were: (i) presented with one of two aposematic insects, Oncopeltus fasciatus or Photinus pyralis, during days 4, 6, and 8; (ii) maintained on one of four different food levels during days 9-14; and (iii) presented with the original model on day 15. Lizards on low rations tended to capture more Photinus on day 15 than did anoles on higher rations. No such correlation was observed with Oncopeltus.