Prey transport in “palatine‐erecting” elapid snakes

  title={Prey transport in “palatine‐erecting” elapid snakes},
  author={Alexandra Deufel and D. Cundall},
  journal={Journal of Morphology},
Cobras and mambas are members of a group of elapid snakes supposedly united by the morphology and inferred behavior of their palatine bone during prey transport (palatine erectors). The palatine erectors investigated (Dendroaspis polylepis, Naja pallida, Ophiophagus hannah, Aspidelaps scutatus, A. lubricus) show differences in the morphology of their feeding apparatus that do not affect the overall behavior of the system. We delineated the structures directly involved in producing palatine… Expand
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