Intrapopulation variation includes age and sexual variation, but also individual niche specialization. Individual specialization has important effects on dynamics at population or community levels. Environmental variation and intraspecific interactions are factors that can promote or enhance this kind of variation. Despite its relevance, knowledge about individual specialization in amphibians is still scarce, especially in species from temperate regions. In this study we analyzed the intrapopulational variation of the trophic niche in Hypsiboas pulchellus from a population in southern Uruguay. Particularly, we analyzed ontogenetic and sexual variation and individual specialization of the diet. We found ontogenetic variation in diet as a result of a shift from flies to beetles with increasing body size of frogs, but there were no differences in diet between males and females. We also found evidence of individual specialization, which varied seasonally together with population trophic niche width; during the warm season (October–March), individual specialization and population TNW both increased.
intrapopulation trophic niche