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Re: Pitohui poison: from beetles?



On Mon, 1 Nov 2004, Dino Guy Ralph wrote:

> It appears that the _Pitohui_, the New Guinea bird infamous for its 
> toxic feathers and skin, derives its poison from a diet that includes 
> beetles of the genus, _Choresine_ . . .

anteaters apparently build up folic acid from the ants they eat, which 
makes them very unpalatable.  baby anteaters ride on their parents until 
they acquire enuff folic acid to make them untasty, as well!  not related 
to the bird/dino thing, but still interesting.

pheret

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