Compsophis laphystius

Hutter, Carl Richard, Andriampenomanana, Zo F., Razafindraibe, Jary H., Rakotoarison, Dr. Andolalao & Scherz, Mark D., 2018, New dietary data from Compsophis and Alluaudina species (Squamata: Lamprophiidae: Pseudoxyrhophiinae), and implications for their dietary complexity and evolution, Journal of Natural History 52 (39 - 40), pp. 2497-2510: 2499

publication ID 10.1080/00222933.2018.1543732

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Compsophis laphystius


Compsophis laphystius   with Mantella laevigata   in stomach ( Figure 1 View Figure 1 (a))

An adult specimen of Compsophis laphystius   (specimen UADBA-R uncatalogued, MSZC 0251) was captured at night on the 21 November 2016 (ca. 14.438°S, 49.776°E; 460 m asl) near ‘Camp Mantella’ (Camp 1 of the three main camps of Marojejy) GoogleMaps   . After euthanasia, the stomach contents were examined, and a mostly whole specimen of the climbing poison frog, Mantella laevigata   (tissue sample MSTIS 00081), was found in its stomach   . The colouration of M. laevigata   is unique, allowing unambiguous identification of it as the prey item. Mantella laevigata   is an abundant species in this area of the national park, which has extensive bamboo forests in which the frog breeds.