Data from: An ambusher’s arsenal: chemical crypsis in the puff adder (Bitis arietans)

Ashadee Kay Miller, Bryan Maritz, Shannon McKay, Xavier Glaudas & Graham J. Alexander
Ambush foragers use a hunting strategy that places them at risk of predation by both visual and olfaction-oriented predators. Resulting selective pressures have driven the evolution of impressive visual crypsis in many ambushing species, and may have led to the development of chemical crypsis. However, unlike visual crypsis, few studies have attempted to demonstrate chemical crypsis. Field observations of puff adders (Bitis arietans) going undetected by several scent-orientated predator and prey species lead us to...

Registration Year

  • 2015

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  • Dataset


  • University of the Western Cape
  • University of the Witwatersrand