The caecilian amphibian Scolecomorphus kirkii Boulenger as prey of the burrowing asp Atractaspis aterrima Günther : trophic relationships of fossorial vertebrates

@inproceedings{Gower2004TheCA,
  title={The caecilian amphibian Scolecomorphus kirkii Boulenger as prey of the burrowing asp Atractaspis aterrima G{\"u}nther : trophic relationships of fossorial vertebrates},
  author={David J Gower and Jens F B Rasmussen and Simon P. Loader and Mark Wilkinson},
  year={2004}
}
A report is given of an adult caecilian, Scolecomorphus kirkii, found in the gut of a specimen of the snake Atractaspis aterrima from the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania. Both predator and prey are largely fossorial in soil, and their ecology is poorly known, such that this is the first reported predator of any scolecomorphid caecilian. The caecilian was ingested head first and much of the flesh from the anterior of the specimen had been digested. The prey/predator mass ratio is 0.48. This value… CONTINUE READING