CHEMOECOLOGY

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 57–62

Systemic retention of ingested cantharidin by frogs

Authors

  • Thomas Eisner
    • Section of Neurobiology and BehaviorCornell University
  • Jeffrey Conner
    • Section of Neurobiology and BehaviorCornell University
  • James E. Carrel
    • Division of Biological SciencesUniversity of Missouri
  • John P. McCormick
    • Division of Biological SciencesUniversity of Missouri
  • Amy J. Slagle
    • Division of Biological SciencesUniversity of Missouri
  • Carl Gans
    • Division of Biological SciencesUniversity of Michigan
  • James C. O'Reilly
    • Division of Biological SciencesUniversity of Michigan
Research papers

DOI: 10.1007/BF01325229

Cite this article as:
Eisner, T., Conner, J., Carrel, J.E. et al. Chemoecology (1990) 1: 57. doi:10.1007/BF01325229

Summary

Frogs(Rana pipiens) fed on blister beetles (Meloidae) or cantharidin, retain cantharidin systemically. After cessation of feeding, they void the compound relatively quickly. Systemic cantharidin does not protect frogs against ectoparasitic feeding by leeches(Hirudo medicinalis) or predation by snakes(Nerodia sipedon). As suggested by our data, and from reports in the early literature, ingestion of cantharidin-containing frogs can pose a health threat to humans.

Key words

toxin sequestrationpredationhuman dietary hazardcantharidinColeopteraMeloidaeEpicauta vittataRanaHirudoNerodia
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© Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart Stuttgart 1990