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3D bite modeling and feeding mechanics of the largest living amphibian, the Chinese giant salamander Andrias davidianus (Amphibia : Urodela)
Fortuny Terricabras, Josep (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont)
Marcé Nogué, Jordi (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont)
Heiss,Egon (Universität Wien. Abteilung für Integrative Zoologie)
Sanchez, Montserrat (Universitat Politècnica de Barcelona. Barcelona Tech)
Gil, Lluis (Universitat Politècnica de Barcelona. Barcelona Tech)
Galobart Lorente, Àngel (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont)

Date: 2015
Abstract: Biting is an integral feature of the feeding mechanism for aquatic and terrestrial salamanders to capture, fix or immobilize elusive or struggling prey. However, little information is available on how it works and the functional implications of this biting system in amphibians although such approaches might be essential to understand feeding systems performed by early tetrapods. Herein, the skull biomechanics of the Chinese giant salamander, Andrias davidianus is investigated using 3D finite element analysis. The results reveal that the prey contact position is crucial for the structural performance of the skull, which is probably related to the lack of a bony bridge between the posterior end of the maxilla and the anterior quadrato-squamosal region. Giant salamanders perform asymmetrical strikes. These strikes are unusual and specialized behavior but might indeed be beneficial in such sit-and-wait or ambush-predators to capture laterally approaching prey. However, once captured by an asymmetrical strike, large, elusive and struggling prey have to be brought to the anterior jaw region to be subdued by a strong bite. Given their basal position within extant salamanders and their “conservative” morphology, cryptobranchids may be useful models to reconstruct the feeding ecology and biomechanics of different members of early tetrapods and amphibians, with similar osteological and myological constraints.
Note: Número d'acord de subvenció MINECO/CGL2011-30069-C02-01
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Language: Anglès.
Document: article ; recerca ; publishedVersion
Published in: Plos One, Vol. 10, issue 4 (April 2015) , e0121885, ISSN 1932-6203

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0121885
PMID: 25853557


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