Food Particle retrieval in Amphibian tadpoles

M.S. Khan


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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