Kin recognition and cannibalism in spadefoot toad tadpoles

  title={Kin recognition and cannibalism in spadefoot toad tadpoles},
  author={D. Pfennig and H. Reeve and P. Sherman},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
Abstract Abstract. Tadpoles of spadefoot toads, Scaphiopus bombifrons, are polymorphic in nature: juveniles that feed on detritus develop into herbivorous omnivores, while those that feed on fairy shrimp sometimes become carnivores that are cannibalistic. The kin recognition abilities of both larval morphotypes were studied. In laboratory tests, omnivores preferentially associated with siblings, while carnivores from the same clutch preferentially associated with non-siblings. In follow-up… Expand
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  • D. Pfennig
  • Psychology
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences
  • 1999