Cannibalism in animals

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A female silk spider eating its mate

In animal science, cannibalism is where an animal eats its own species. Scientists have found more than 1500 species that do this.[1] It is common with insects, spiders and scorpions. There, the male gets eaten by the female, after having sexual intercourse. Many types of frogs will also eat other frogs of the same species. Even, vetebrates like hedgehogs eat their offspring if stressed.[2][3]

References[change | change source]

  1. G. A. Polis, The evolution and dynamics of intraspecific predation. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 12, 225-251 (1981).
  2. Pareek, Rahul C. "Do Hedgehogs Eat Their Babies? A Guide to Nursing Hedgehogs". Small Pet Site. Retrieved 2020-09-23.
  3. Kelsey-Wood, Dennis (1995). African Pygmy Hedgehogs as Your New Pet. T.F.H. Publications. ISBN 978-0-7938-0192-3.

Further reading[change | change source]

  • Elgar, Mark A. (1992). Cannibalism: Ecology and Evolution Among Diverse Taxa. Oxford University Press on Demand. ISBN 978-0-19-854650-4.