Significance to humans

The significance of the gymnophthalmids to people is not readily apparent. The ecological role these lizards play in tropical systems may never be completely understood but may be important nonetheless. Gymnophthalmids are prey to myriad predators, and themselves consume a wide variety of invertebrate prey.

Alopoglossus angulatus. (Photo by Laurie J. Vitt. Reproduced by permission.)
1. Gymnophthalmus underwoodi; 2. Bachia bresslaui; 3. Neusticurus ecpleopus. (Illustration by Barbara Duperron)

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