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Introduction Both animals and plants are defended by an extraordinary array of molecules that render them noxious, and in some cases toxic, to potential predators. Many of the same prey classes are suspected of serving as sources of toxins for the other groups of poison frogs, which include the Malagasy Mantella Mantellidae; Daly et al.
The secretion of the caudal glands has not been characterized chemically, but some species in this subgenus feed largely on termites and others on beetles, which constitute another potential source of toxins Pianka and Pianka ; How et al.
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Significantly, this subgenus is diurnal Melville et al. Conserv Biol. Ontogenetic scaling of poison glands in a dendrobatid poison frog. Comprehensive studies of the ecological, evolutionary, behavioral, and regulatory aspects of sequestration will require teams of ecologists, systematists, ethologists, physiologists, molecular biologists, and chemists.
A snake with scales in its poop will be a species that eats other snakes like the coral snake or the kingsnake. A molecular study of phylogenetic relationships and evolution of antipredator strategies in Australian Diplodactylus geckos, subgenus Strophurus.
Both the skin and eggs of Hemidactylium are noxious or unpalatable to certain predators Hess and Harris , but the toxins have not been characterized. Tokuyama T, Daly JW. Among geckos, the Australian genus Diplodactylus Diplodactylidae includes a distinctive, monophyletic subgenus Strophurus , members of which possess caudal glands that release a sticky, noxious defensive secretion Rosenberg and Russell ; Richardson and Hinchliffe A green tree frog tries to devour a carpet python.
Diverse marine taxa, such as tetraodontiform fishes, apparently sequester tetrodotoxin from either their diet or a non-dietary microbial source Williams Grant, Harry W.
Whether this example involves active accumulation of TTX in selected tissues, delayed clearance of the toxin from such tissues, or simply a normal pace of clearance of that virulent toxin remains to be determined.
Ralph Curtis Books Publishing; A number of other geckos prey on termites Pianka and Vitt These taxa have evolved stout bodies, short limbs, pointed snouts, and distinctive protrusible tongues Nishikawa et al.
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Green tree frog captured on film eating carpet python in Darwin
Natural history of the hognose snakes Heterodon platyrhinos and Heterodon nasicus. Brodie, Jr. Comparative ecology of twelve species of nocturnal lizards Gekkonidae in the Western Australian desert. The chemistry of poisons in amphibian skin. Marine chemical ecology.
Natricinae that occur in western North America and consume newts Taricha ; Salamandridae , whose skin contains tetrodotoxin TTX , a potent neurotoxin widely distributed across diverse metazoan taxa Mebs In contrast, the related genus Oreina suppresses reduction of N-oxides in the gut, and the nontoxic N-oxides are accumulated in both the exocrine glands and the hemolymph Hartmann et al. Chemoecology Homobatrachotoxin in the genus Pitohui: A poisonous surprise under the coat of the African crested rat.
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For example, the terpenoid cantharidin appears to be synthesized only by beetles of the families Meloidae and Oedemeridae, but it is consumed and sequestered by numerous unrelated beetles, as well as some hemipterans, flies, and wasps Dettner , which use the toxin for defense.
A working knowledge of the snakes in your area will help provide a clue as to what animal is leaving markings around your home. Thus defined, sequestration can be analyzed within the conceptual framework of the historical analysis of adaptation Greene ; Larson and Losos Schmidly DJ. Author information Article notes Copyright and License information Disclaimer.
Pyrrolizidine alkaloids are stored in most of the plants as nontoxic N-oxides, but the compounds generally are converted to toxic free bases in the gut of herbivores Hartmann et al. The best-studied species belong to the North American xenodontine colubrid genus Heterodon , species of which primarily consume toads Platt