The British Herpetological Society

The Herpetological Journal is the Society's prestigious quarterly scientific journal. Articles are listed in Biological Abstracts, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences,Current Contents, Science Citation Index, and Zoological Record.

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pdf 04. Sensory basis of foraging behaviour in caecilians (Amphibia, Gymnophiona)


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Authors: Werner Himstedt And Dietmar Simon

Abstract: The caecilian Ichthyophis kohtaoensis is able to localize prey objects by chemical cues only. On the surface of the ground I. kohtaoensis moves faster and on a more direct path towards prey than does the newt Triturus alpestris. Blocking the tentacles in the caecilian does not impair this ability. Within artificial tunnels, however, caecilians with blocked tentacles took longer to reach the prey than control animals did. Blocking the nostrils led to complete failure of prey localization on the surface of the ground.

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