Plasticity and constraints on feeding kinematics in anuran larvae.

@article{Wassersug2001PlasticityAC,
  title={Plasticity and constraints on feeding kinematics in anuran larvae.},
  author={Richard Joel Wassersug and Masamichi Yamashita},
  journal={Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part A, Molecular & integrative physiology},
  year={2001},
  volume={131 1},
  pages={
          183-95
        }
}
Tadpoles of the majority of anuran species have tiny, anatomically complex mouths. In most species the larval jaws are keratinized sheaths (beaks) overlying infrarostral cartilages. Surrounding the beak is a flexible oral disc and transverse rows of small, keratinized denticles. We used high-speed videography (250, 500 and 1000 frames per second) of Rana catesbeiana tadpoles to observe the kinematics of these mouthparts in feeding and breathing. Tadpoles can protract and retract their jaws as… CONTINUE READING
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