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Title: Video data of predation and parasitism by arthropods on small vertebrates in lowland Peruvian Amazon Open Access Deposited
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  • On 18 November 2016, at 2313 h during a night survey, we observed a theraphosid spider, Pamphobeteus sp. (Theraphosidae) preying upon a small grey mouse opossum, Marmosops sp. (Didelphidae). We filmed the interaction using an iPhone 5s. On 20 January 2017, at 1230 h, we observed an individual of Ranitomeya uakarii hopping on the leaf litter; we captured it and placed it in a plastic bag and took it to the lab to process it later the same day. When we returned from fieldwork around 1630 h, the frog was dead and we noticed a maggot that periodically emerged from a small lesion on its back. This observation took place in terra firme forest near Madre Selva Biological Station (3°37'14.8" S, 72°14'48.5" W), Loreto region, northern Peru.
  • Nighttime and diurnal surveys in the lowland Peruvian Amazon of Los Amigos Biological Station were conducted in order to describe herpetological diversity at this site. As a result of these surveys, the predation event between a Pamphobeteus sp. and Marmosops sp. and the myiasis of Ranitomeye uakarii were observed. The video footage was recorded in order to document these interesting interactions between arthropod predators and parasites and vertebrate prey and hosts, and are included for publication in the short communication "Ecological interactions between arthropods and small vertebrates in a lowland Amazon rainforest" in the journal Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.
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  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
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  • von May R, Biggi E, Cárdenas H, Diaz MI, Alarcón C, Herrera V, Santa-Cruz R, Tomasinelli F, Westeen E, Sánchez-Paredes CM, Larson JG, Title PO, Grundler MR, Grundler MC, Davis Rabosky AR, Rabosky DL (2019) Ecological interactions between arthropods and small vertebrates in a lowland Amazon rainforest. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 13(1): 65–77
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  • 05/03/2019
  • doi:10.7302/Z2862DP1
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