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Feeding of amphibians during metamorphosis

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The feeding ecology of 28 amphibian species with complete life cycles has been studied from the last pre-metamorphic stages to metamorphosed juveniles. The widespread view that feeding ceases completely during metamorphosis is not confirmed. Generally, however, amphibian feeding rate decreases at metamorphosis. Foraging in Caudata either does not cease (Hynobiidae, rheophilous Salamandridae) or ceases only before the end of transformation, which takes less than one metamorphic stage. The cessation of foraging in Anura coincides with the transformation of the mouth and digestive tract at the beginning of the metamorphic climax. Foraging on small animals starts just after the change from a larval to a post-metamorphic mouth, i.e., before the end of metamorphosis.

Affiliations: 1: Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninsky prospect 33, Moscow 117071, Russia


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