Reptiles as principal prey? Adaptations for durophagy and prey selection by jaguar (Panthera onca)

  title={Reptiles as principal prey? Adaptations for durophagy and prey selection by jaguar (Panthera onca)},
  author={Everton B. P. Miranda and Jorge F.S. Menezes and Marcelo Lopes Rheingantz},
  journal={Journal of Natural History},
  pages={2021 - 2035}
ABSTRACT We examined the evidence supporting the hypothesis that jaguars (Panthera onca) have morphological and behavioural adaptations to facilitate reptile predation. Jaguars’ head and bite features show adaptations to durophagy (consumption of hard-integumented prey) that are very unusual within the genus Panthera. These include: thick canines, well-developed head muscles and a fatal bite directed to braincase or nape. These characteristics have been previously considered an adaptation for… Expand
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