Contributions to Zoology, 71 (4) (2002)

Is sexual size dimorphism in relative head size correlated with intersexual dietary divergence in West African forest cobras, Naja melanoleuca?

Luca Luiselli , Godfrey C. Akani , Claudia Corti , Francesco M. Angelici

Centre of Environmental Studies “Demetra” and F.I.Z.V., via Olona 7, I-00198 Rome, Italy; and Municipal Museum of Natural History, piazza A. Frezza 6, I-00030 Capranica Prenestina, Rome, Italylucamlu@tin.it

Department of Biological Sciences, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, P.M.B. 5080, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeriarsust@alpha.linkserve.com

Department of Animal Biology and Genetics, University of Florence, via Romana 17, I-50125 Florence, Italyclaudia.corti@unifi.it

Keywords: Key words: Serpentes, cobras, Naja melanoleuca, , dietary habits, sexual size dimorphism, ecology, West Africa