Ontogenetic Changes in Diet and Intestinal Morphology in Semi-Terrestrial Tadpoles of Nannophrys Ceylonensis (Dicroglossidae)

@article{Wickramasinghe2007OntogeneticCI,
  title={Ontogenetic Changes in Diet and Intestinal Morphology in Semi-Terrestrial Tadpoles of Nannophrys Ceylonensis (Dicroglossidae)},
  author={Deepthi D. Wickramasinghe and Kerri L. Oseen and Richard J. Wassersug},
  journal={Copeia},
  year={2007},
  volume={2007},
  pages={1012 - 1018}
}
Abstract Semi-terrestrial tadpoles of the Sri Lankan dicroglossid rock frog (Nannophrys ceylonensis) feed by scraping the surface microfilm from the wet rocks on which they live. Gut content analysis of 40 tadpoles revealed microflora, microfauna, detritus, and mineral particles. Conspecific eggs and tadpoles were rarely also found in the tadpoles' guts. Absolute gut length decreased by 59% between Gosner stages 26 and 42, and the number of gut coils decreased as well. Tadpoles of N… 
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