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Tongue lures fish: alligator snapping turtle

The tongue of an alligator snapping turtle aids fish capture via a worm-like lure.

"An alligator snapping turtle lies in wait for a passing fish, well camouflaged against the muddy river bed. Like all turtles and tortoises, it has no teeth, but its jaws are covered in a sharp-edged horny beak suitable for shearing flesh. On the floor of its mouth is a fleshy pink worm-like lure, which the turtle waggles to attract fish. Eager to seize the 'worm', a fish may swim right in the turtle's gaping mouth." (Foy and Oxford Scientific Films 1982:142)

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Macroclemys temminckii
Macroclemys temminckii GRAY 1856

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Some organism data provided by: TIGR Reptile Database
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist

Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: New lures or traps for sustainable fisheries, trap designs for agricultural or other pest control.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Fishing, pest control

Foy S; Oxford Scientific Films. 1982. The Grand Design: Form and Colour in Animals. Lingfield, Surrey, U.K.: BLA Publishing Limited for J.M.Dent & Sons Ltd, Aldine House, London. 238 p.
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