Adaptations for egg eating in the snake Elaphe climacophora (Boie). American Museum novitates ; no. 1571

Show simple item record Gans, Carl, 1923- en_US Oshima, Masamitsu, 1884-1965. en_US 2005-10-06T17:22:45Z 2005-10-06T17:22:45Z 1952 en_US
dc.description 16 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 15-16). en_US
dc.description.abstract "This paper describes the habits and vertebral modifications for egg crushing of a species of Elaphe specialized for the eating of eggs. It is pointed out that considerable variation exists among the three specimens examined, and thus a final decision as to the cause and significance of this variation is precluded at the present time by lack of material, but a number of hypotheses are offered to explain the evolutionary significance of the vertebral modification. There are possible taxonomic implications in view of the development of similar specialization among related forms and their bearing on the status of the snakes (Dasypeltinae), now placed in a separate subfamily largely because of similar but more extreme adaptive specialization. It may be of interest to note here that preliminary investigations of the senior author show that similar specialization exists in Elaphe carinata, E. dione, and E. schrencki anomala, among Chinese species of Elaphe examined thus far. In E. carinata modification of the hypapophyses has progressed to the point of penetration of the esophagus"--P. 14-15. en_US
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dc.language eng en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates ; no. 1571 en_US
dc.subject.lcc QL1 .A436 no.1571, 1952 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Elaphe climacophora -- Adaptation. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Elaphe climacophora -- Morphology. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Elaphe climacophora -- Food. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Eggs. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Snakes -- Adaptation -- Japan. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Snakes -- Food -- Japan. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Snakes -- Japan -- Morphology. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Reptiles -- Adaptation -- Japan. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Reptiles -- Food -- Japan. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Reptiles -- Japan -- Morphology. en_US
dc.title Adaptations for egg eating in the snake Elaphe climacophora (Boie). American Museum novitates ; no. 1571 en_US
dc.title.alternative Egg eating in snake en_US
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    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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