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Title: Mandibular sawing in a snail-eating snake
Authors: Kojima, Yosuke
Fukuyama, Ibuki
Kurita, Takaki
Hossman, Mohamad Yazid Bin
Nishikawa, Kanto
Author's alias: 児島, 庸介
福山, 伊吹
栗田, 隆気
西川, 完途
Keywords: Ecology
Issue Date: 29-Jul-2020
Publisher: Springer Nature
Journal title: Scientific Reports
Volume: 10
Thesis number: 12670
Abstract: The jaws of vertebrates display a striking diversity in form and function, but they typically open and close like a trapdoor rather than sliding like a saw. Here, we report unique feeding behaviour in the blunt-headed snail-eating snake, Aplopeltura boa (family Pareidae), where the snake cuts off and circumvents the indigestible part (the operculum) of its prey in the mouth using long sliding excursions of one side of the mandible, while the upper jaws and the mandible on the other side maintain a stable grasp on the prey. This behaviour, which we call ‘mandibular sawing’, is made possible by extraordinarily independent movements of the jaw elements and is a surprising departure from usual feeding behaviour in vertebrates.
Description: ヘビが顎をノコギリのように使うことを発見 --ボルネオ島での爬虫両生類の生態調査で--. 京都大学プレスリリース. 2020-07-31.
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DOI(Published Version): 10.1038/s41598-020-69436-7
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