Journal article

Snake Venom in Context: Neglected Clades and Concepts

Timothy NW Jackson, Hadrian Jouanne, Nicolas Vidal

FRONTIERS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2019

Abstract

Despite the fact that venom is an intrinsically ecological trait, the ecological perspective has been widely neglected in toxinological research. This neglect has hindered our understanding of the evolution of venom by causing us to ignore the interactions which shape this evolution, interactions that take place between venomous snakes and their prey and predators, as well as among conspecific venomous snakes within populations. In this opinion piece, we introduce and briefly discuss several ecologically oriented concepts that may be of interest to toxinologists, before reviewing a range of non-front-fanged snake taxa that have been neglected toxinologically, but which represent the majority..

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