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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: The Defensive Strike Of Five Species Of Lanceheads Of The Genus Bothrops (viperidae).
Author: Araújo, M S
Martins, M
Abstract: We studied the defensive strike of one species of each of five recognized lineages within the genus Bothrops, namely, B. alternatus, B. jararaca, B. jararacussu, B. moojeni and B. pauloensis. The defensive strike of the studied species was in general similar to that of Crotalus viridis and C. atrox, but some important differences were observed. Bothrops alternatus and B. pauloensis struck preferentially from a tight body posture, whereas B. jararaca and B. moojeni from a loose body posture. Defensive strikes were either true or false (during the latter, the mouth remains closed or partially open). Almost all strikes were successful; only on a few occasions snakes missed their target (flawed strikes). Strike variables were very conservative among the five species, especially strike distance and height, and one possible explanation may be related to constraints imposed on strike variables as a way of increasing strike accuracy.
Subject: Animals
Escape Reaction
Citation: Brazilian Journal Of Biology = Revista Brasleira De Biologia. v. 67, n. 2, p. 327-32, 2007-May.
Rights: fechado
Date Issue: 2007
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