Predatory capture of toads by fly larvae


Journal Article

A natural occurrence of predation upon toads (Scaphiopus multiplicatus) by fly larvae (Tabanus punctifer) is described. The larvae lie buried in mud, seize the toads with hooked mandibles, pull them partly into the mud, and kill them by feeding on their body fluids. The larvae may ordinarily subsist mostly on invertebrates and take Amphibia only opportunistically.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Jackman, R; Nowicki, S; Aneshansley, DJ; Eisner, T

Published Date

  • January 1, 1983

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 222 / 4623

Start / End Page

  • 515 - 516

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0036-8075

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1126/science.222.4623.515

Citation Source

  • Scopus