Field observations of potential cannibalism among tadpoles of the Trinidad stream frog Mannophryne trinitatis (Anura: Aromobatidae)

Authors

  • Renoir J. Auguste The University of the West Indies Zoology Museum, Department of Life Sciences, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Nicole F. Angeli Division of Amphibians and Reptiles, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

Abstract

On 6 August 2018 at 1810h, RJA and NFA observed seven to eight tadpoles of Mannophryne trinitatis consuming a single conspecific individual. We were  unable  to  determine if the individuals were scavenging on an already dead conspecific, or whether this was a case of intraspecific predation, or cannibilism as defined by Fox (1975).

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2018-12-31

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Nature Notes