Prey-rolling behavior of coatis (Nasua spp.) is elicited by benzoquinones from millipedes

@article{Weldon2005PreyrollingBO,
  title={Prey-rolling behavior of coatis (Nasua spp.) is elicited by benzoquinones from millipedes},
  author={P. Weldon and Catherine F. Cranmore and J. Chatfield},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2005},
  volume={93},
  pages={14-16}
}
Coatis (Nasua spp.), gregarious, omnivorous carnivores that range in forests from the southwestern USA to south America, dispatch millipedes by rolling them on the ground using rapid, alternating movements of their forepaws. Prey rolling of millipedes is thought to stimulate the depletion of their defensive secretions and to wipe off secretions before millipedes are consumed. We report that prey-rolling behavior in Nasua spp. is elicited by 1,4-benzoquinone; 2-methyl-1,4-benzoquinone; and 2… Expand
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