Feeding behaviour and prey choice in Macroperipatus torquatus (Onychophora)

  title={Feeding behaviour and prey choice in Macroperipatus torquatus (Onychophora)},
  author={V. M. St. J. Read and Roger N. Hughes},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B. Biological Sciences},
  pages={483 - 506}
  • V. M. S. J. Read, R. Hughes
  • Published 22 May 1987
  • Environmental Science
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B. Biological Sciences
Macroperipatus torquatus feeds nocturnally on crickets and a few other invertebrates on the floor of the Trinidadian rain forest. Prey are inspected by gentle application of the antennae and, if suitable, are captured by entangling them in proteinaceous glue squirted from the oral papillae. Entangled prey are bitten through an arthrodial membrane and immobilized by injected saliva, which may also partly digest the flesh. Ingestion of the flesh takes several hours, comprising some 90% of total… 

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