chapter  Chapter 3
Lizard Foraging
A Perspective Integrating Sensory Ecology and Life Histories
WithChi-Yun Kuo, Martha M. Muñoz, Duncan J. Irschick
Pages 19

This chapter highlights the overall progress in the subfield and shows the interplay between foraging and two important fields of evolutionary ecology: sensory ecology and life history. It examines foraging under these two broad contexts for two reasons: firstly, the fields of sensory ecology and life history are intrinsically integrative and therefore appropriate for showcasing the multitude of factors that determine the evolutionary outcomes of foraging behavior; secondly, understanding foraging diversity through the lens of sensory ecology and life history offers unique opportunities for connecting foraging behavior to broader concepts in ecology and evolution. The conflicts between foraging ability and other fitness-related activities, mediated through locomotor impairment, are especially relevant for actively foraging lizards and can arise under two general situations, both of which involve temporary, changes in morphology. The pathways through which weight gain and tail loss can influence lizard foraging illustrates how life history, ecology, performance, and behavior can function at different levels to determine organismal fitness.