Foraging Mode and Evolution of Strike-Induced Chemosensory Searching in Lizards

@article{Cooper2003ForagingMA,
  title={Foraging Mode and Evolution of Strike-Induced Chemosensory Searching in Lizards},
  author={William E. Jr. Cooper},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
  year={2003},
  volume={29},
  pages={1013-1026}
}
Strike-induced chemosensory searching (SICS) in lizards and snakes is a means of relocating prey by scent-trailing. The two main components of SICS are an elevated tongue-flick rate for vomerolfactory sampling after biting prey (PETF) and searching movements. In combination, these behaviors permit scent-trailing. Prey chemical discrimination, which is a prerequisite for SICS, is present in active foragers, but not in ambush foragers. Using comparative data, I show that searching movements and… CONTINUE READING

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