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Scaphiopus couchii (Couch's spadefoot). Predation

January 1, 1999

The observation described in this note appears to be the first record of ant predation upon anuran eggs. At an ephemeral pool in Big Bend National Park, Texas, we observed ants (Forelius mccooki) walking along a blade of grass onto the gelatin of a Couch?s spadefoot (Scaphiopus couchii) egg mass on the water surface. The ants had eaten through the gelatinous envelope and were harvesting the ovum and returning to their nest.

Publication Year 1999
Title Scaphiopus couchii (Couch's spadefoot). Predation
Authors Gage H. Dayton, R.E. Jung
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Herpetological Review
Index ID 5223896
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center