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Are diet preferences associated to skulls shape diversification in xenodontine snakes?

Klaczko, Julia; Sherratt, Emma; Setz, Eleonore Z.F.

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Snakes are a highly successful group of vertebrates, within great diversity in habitat, diet, and morphology. The unique adaptations for the snake skull for ingesting large prey in more primitive macrostomatan snakes have been well documented. However, subsequent diversification in snake cranial shape in relation to dietary specializations has rarely been studied (e.g. piscivory in natricine snakes). Here we examine a large clade of snakes with a broad spectrum of diet preferences to test if...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/153429
Source: PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science)
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0148375

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