Toxicon. ;20(6) Envenomation by the Mexican lance-headed rattlesnake Crotalus polystictus: a case report. Hardy DL. A case of envenomation by. PDF | On Sep 30, , Rubén Alonso Carbajal Márquez and others published Crotalus polystictus. Diet. Genus: Crotalus. Species: polystictus. Common Names Mexican Lance-headed Rattlesnake, Mexican Lancehead Rattlesnake. Local Names Chiauhcoatl.

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Categories were determined by preponderance of prey in the overall diet and on coarse size class of prey species listed from smallest to largest: Cannibalism of nonviable offspring by postparturient Mexican lance-headed rattlesnakes, Crotalus polystictus.

These prey categories represented a minor proportion of the total adult diet of each sex numerically but reflect larger changes in mass-weighted diet.

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Differential resource use between sexes generates intraspecific variation, and thereby can reduce intraspecific competition for limiting resources Slatkin, ; Shine, Instead, males and females differed in the proportions of secondary prey species consumed: Frequently found in rocky terrain.

We rejected the null hypothesis of no difference in y -intercepts type III sums of squares: Males had relatively larger heads, and differed from females in head shape after removing the effects of head size.

We do not have direct information on prey mass; therefore, we calculated mass-weighted prey percentages using estimated modal prey masses for each size class. Crotalus polystictus Cope, Therefore, dimorphism in head morphology may be partly attributable to ecological niche divergence polystictys sexes.


Retrieved 5 June These processes need not be mutually exclusive.

Wikispecies has information related to Crotalus polystictus. Crotalus polystictus from our study population exhibited sexual dimorphism in body size and head morphology.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Sexual selection is also envisaged as a more parsimonious explanation for sexual dimorphism because links to reproductive fitness appear to be more direct Darwin, Although diet differences in the study population of C.

Dimorphism in head size or shape may result from non-adaptive processes e. Regional variation and sexual dimorphism in head form of the prairie rattlesnake Crotalus viridis viridis: Open circles, females; filled circles, males. Bayesian mixed models and the phylogeny of pitvipers Viperidae: The ecology of individuals: Loma Linda University Press, pp. General Shape Small in length, moderately stout bodied rattlesnake with a short tail and horn-like segmented rattle. Smith and Taylor Snakes have become widely used in studies of the ecological basis of sexual dimorphism because they are gape-limited predators and their head morphology is likely to be a direct indicator of the size and shape of prey consumed.

A, dorsal aspect of an adult male Crotalus polystictusshowing landmarks and semi-landmarks used in geometric morphometric analyses. Such a foraging strategy would be unusual among rattlesnakes, which are typically surface ambush predators Klauber,and adopting this strategy could select for the unique dentition and head morphology of C.

Pertinent to the present study, we also measured head length rostral plate to angle of the jaw and snout—vent length SVL sensu Setser Relationship between the centroid size a measure of head size of geometric configurations of head morphology and body length [snout—vent length — head length mm ] for male and female Crotalus polystictus.


WilliamsJeff Boundy Because we do not have data available on SSD and head morphology dimorphism from multiple populations, we cannot address how C. Snake species of the world.

Can you confirm these amateur observations of Crotalus polystictus? Find more photos by Google images search: However, because the sexes overlapped greatly in diet, we hypothesize that diet and head crotlus in C. The disproportionate consumption of pygmy mice and shrews by females is also consistent with smaller female body size and narrow head shape because these prey species are particularly small.

Envenomation by the Mexican lance-headed rattlesnake Crotalus polystictus: a case report.

Description Crotalus polystictus Mexikanische Lanzenkopf-Klapperschlange. No attempt should be made to pursue the snake into the undergrowth as this will risk further bites. As part of a series of data-collection procedures, we photographed the dorsal head aspect of anaesthetized subadult and adult pplystictus.

Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles Web pages and scripting Jiri Hosek. Comstock Publishing Associates, Ithaca and London.

Males had more truncated snouts and broader heads between the regions demarcated by the ectopterygoid-pterygoid articulation and the angle formed by the mandible and quadrate. For each photograph, a scale was positioned at the level of the crown polysticts the head.