The British Herpetological Society

The Herpetological Journal is the Society's prestigious quarterly scientific journal. Articles are listed in Biological Abstracts, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences,Current Contents, Science Citation Index, and Zoological Record.

The 2017/18  impact factor of the Herpetological Journal is 1.268

pdf 07. Diet of Melanophryniscus devincenzii (Anura: Bufonidae) from Parque Municipal de Sertão, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil


Open Access

pp. 115-119
Authors: Bortolini, Schaiani Vanessa; Maneyro, Raúl; Coppes, Federico Achaval & Zanella, Noeli

Abstract: This study describes the diet of Melanophryniscus devincenzii based on the analysis of stomach contents of 46 specimens from the Parque Municipal de Sertão, south Brazil. We found 935 items belonging to 33 prey categories (excluding plant material). The most important prey categories were Acari, ants (subfamilies Myrmicinae and Ponerinae) and beetles (mainly Polyphaga). These taxonomic categories showed the highest percentage by volume (Acari: 3.94%, Myrmicinae: 16.32%, Ponerinae: 12.17%, undetermined Polyphaga: 13.83%) and the highest index of relative importance (5810.05; 1871.06; 756.47 and 784.57, respectively). The rarefaction curves indicated that females have richer diets than males. According to dietary composition, M. devincenzii may be considered a specialist species, as expected for an active forager.


Download Access:

The latest 20 issues can be downloaded when logged in with a Herpetological Journal subscription membership.

Individual articles can be purchased for download.

Older issues and occasional Open Access articles are available for public download


For further information and submission guidelines please see our Journal Instructions to Authors

pdfBHS Ethics Policy

NOTE: as of January 2017, all new editions of the HJ are ONLY available online via the BHS website. The BHS no longer has a commercial hosting agreement with Ingenta  -  although editions prior to end 2016 remain accessible on Ingenta .  Those editions are of course also accessible on the BHS website for subscribers with an active and valid membership.  Should you experience any difficulty accessing HJ editions via the website or have any queries in this regard, please contact