Salamander with a ballistic tongue

  title={Salamander with a ballistic tongue},
  author={S. M. Deban and D. B. Wake and G. Roth},
  • S. M. Deban, D. B. Wake, G. Roth
  • Published 1997
  • Biology
  • Nature
  • Lungless salamanders of the family Plethodontidae capture prey using the most enhanced tongue-protrusion mechanisms found in amphibians. Salamanders of the genus Hydromantes are the most extreme specialists, possessing tongues that can be shot with great accuracy at prey several centimetres away (Fig. 1), reaching the target in a few milliseconds. We have found that the tongue of Hydromantes is a true projectile. It is fired from the mouth by a ballistic mechanism, and is not simply an… CONTINUE READING
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