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Data from: Dietary breadth is positively correlated with venom complexity in cone snails

Citation

Phuong, Mark A.; Mahardika, Gusti N.; Alfaro, Michael E. (2017), Data from: Dietary breadth is positively correlated with venom complexity in cone snails, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.1v5d3

Abstract

Although diet is believed to be a major factor underlying the evolution of venom, few comparative studies examine both venom composition and diet across a radiation of venomous species. Cone snails within the family, Conidae, comprise more than 700 species of carnivorous marine snails that capture their prey by using a cocktail of venomous neurotoxins (conotoxins or conopeptides). Venom composition across species has been previously hypothesized to be shaped by (a) prey taxonomic class (i.e., worms, molluscs, or fish) and (b) dietary breadth. We tested these hypotheses under a comparative phylogenetic framework using ecological data from past studies in conjunction with venom duct transcriptomes sequenced from 12 phylogenetically disparate cone snail species, including 10 vermivores (worm-eating), one molluscivore, and one generalist.

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