Eggs-Only Diet: Its Implications for the Toxin Profile Changes and Ecology of the Marbled Sea Snake (Aipysurus eydouxii)

@article{Li2004EggsOnlyDI,
  title={Eggs-Only Diet: Its Implications for the Toxin Profile Changes and Ecology of the Marbled Sea Snake (Aipysurus eydouxii)},
  author={M. Li and B. Fry and R. Kini},
  journal={Journal of Molecular Evolution},
  year={2004},
  volume={60},
  pages={81-89}
}
Studies so far have correlated the variation in the composition of snake venoms with the target prey population and snake’s diet. Here we present the first example of an alternative evolutionary link between venom composition and dietary adaptation of snakes. We describe a dinucleotide deletion in the only three finger toxin gene expressed in the sea snake Aipysurus eydouxii (Marbled Sea Snake) venom and how it may have been the result of a significant change in dietary habits. The deletion… Expand
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