Food Particle retrieval in Amphibian tadpoles

M.S. Khan

Abstract


Amphibian tadpole develops in water, draws nourishment from common pond sources including planktonic suspension, vegetation, detritus and from larvaevory.  Microhyla ornata is a plankton feeding microphage; Bufo stomaticus is vegetation rasper macrophage; while both Limnonectes species are macrophagus raspers as well as microphagus plankton feeders.   However, Euphlyctis cyanophlyctis is detritivorous and Hoplobatrachus tigerinus is a larvivorecarnivore.  Despite difference in diet, each spcies employs similar buccopharyngeal technology to glean the particulate food from water current.

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