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A case of bird capture by a cultivated specimen of the hybrid Nepenthes x mixta

Hewitt-Cooper, Nigel

Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 41(1):31-33
Published March 2012

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Abstract

As a nurseryman, I’m used to being asked what is the biggest prey item caught by my plants. Of course, as a general rule the answer is insects, but there are some species, especially Nepenthes, which can consume larger animals such as lizards, frogs, small rodents, and even rats—as has been well documented. Indeed there have been several reports of cultivated Nepenthes specimens catching mice, although it is hardly common in comparison to wild plants where a much broader spectrum of fauna is to be found.

Keywords: Cultivation, Nepenthes x mixta, prey capture, bird

Article Citation

Hewitt-Cooper, Nigel. 2012. A case of bird capture by a cultivated specimen of the hybrid Nepenthes x mixta. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 41(1):31-33.

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