Firefly toxicosis in lizards

Citation
M. Knight et al., Firefly toxicosis in lizards, J CHEM ECOL, 25(9), 1999, pp. 1981-1986
Citations number
18
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Environment/Ecology
Journal title
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL ECOLOGY
ISSN journal
0098-0331 → ACNP
Volume
25
Issue
9
Year of publication
1999
Pages
1981 - 1986
Database
ISI
SICI code
0098-0331(199909)25:9<1981:FTIL>2.0.ZU;2-P
Abstract
Ingestion of fireflies of the genus Photinus (Lampyridae) can be lethal to Australian lizards of the genus Pogona (Agamidae), probably because of the poisonous steroidal pyrones (lucibufagins) that these fireflies contain. On e Photinus may suffice to kill a Pogona. Captive Pogona kept as pets need t o be shielded from firefly ingestion. African chameleons (Chamaeleo; Chamae leonidae) appear also to be vulnerable to Photinus toxicosis.