Akira MORI

List of Publications (before 2010)

  • Hayashi, T., A. Mori, K. Kawamura, S. Kobayashi, A. Yamashita, and H, Ota. 1983. Notes on the two lizards species newly collected in Taketomijima Island of the Yaeyama Group, Ryukyu Archipelago, with reference to some problems on Leptodactylus lugubris (Dumeril et Bibron, 1836). Nippon Herpetol. J. 26(1): 15-18. (in Japanese with English abstract)
  • Mori, A., M. Amano, and H. Ota. 1984. Notes on some lizards found in Aragusukujima Island of the Yaeyama Group, Ryukyu Archipelago. Biol. Mag. Okinawa 22: 117-118. (in Japanese with English abstract)
  • Ota, H. and A. Mori. 1985. On the fourth specimen of Opisthotropis kikuzatoi. Snake 17(12): 160-162.
  • Ota, H. and A. Mori. 1985. Notes on the fourth collected specimen of Rhabdophis tigrinus formosanus and the morphological features characteristic of this subspecies. Jpn. J. Herpetol. 11(2): 41-45.
  • Mori, A. 1986. Brief observation on the reproduction of Mauremys mutica. Nippon Herpetol. J. 33(1): 5-9. (in Japanese with English abstract)
  • Mori, A. 1987. Growth pattern in the juvenile Japanese grass snake, Rhabdophis tigrinus tigrinus, in captivity. Jpn. J. Herpetol. 12(1): 1-9.
  • Mori, A. 1988. Effects of food amount on the skin shedding cycle of the young colubrid snake, Rhabdophis tigrinus tigrinus, in captivity. Jpn. J. Herpetol. 12(4): 147-150.
  • Mori, A. and H. Moriguchi. 1988. Food habits of snakes in Japan: A critical review. Snake 20(2): 98-113.
  • Mori, A. 1989. Brief field observation on the foraging behavior of the Japanese striped snake Elaphe quadrivirgata. J. Ethol. 7(1): 53-56.
  • Mori, A., J. Daming, H. Moriguchi, and M. Hasegawa. 1989. Food habits of snakes in east Asia: A biogeographical approach to resource partitioning. In: Current Herpetology in East Asia (M. Matsui, T. Hikida, and R. C. Goris, eds.), Herpetological Society of Japan. pp.433-436.
  • Mori, A. 1989. Behavioral responses to an "unpalatable prey", Rana rugosa (Anura: Amphibia), by newborn Japanese striped snakes, Elaphe quadrivirgata. In: Current Herpetology in East Asia (M. Matsui, T. Hikida, and R. C. Goris, eds.), Herpetological Society of Japan. pp.459-471.
  • Ota, H., T. Hikida, M. Matsui, and A. Mori. 1990. Karyotype of Gekko monarchus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Sarawak, Malaysia. Jpn. J. Herpetol. 13(4): 136-138.
  • Mori, A. 1990. Tail vibration of the Japanese grass lizard Takydromus tachydromoides as a tactic against asnake predator. J. Ethol. 8(2): 81-88.
  • Ota, H., S. Iwanaga, K. Itoman, M. Nishimura, and A. Mori. 1991. Reproductive mode of a natricine snake, Amphiesma pryeri (Colubridae: Squamata), from the Ryukyu Archipelago, with special reference to the viviparity of A. p. ishigakiensis. Biol. Mag. Okinawa. 29(1): 37-43. (in Japanese with English abstract)
  • Ota, H., T. Hikida, M. Matsui, A. Mori, and A. Wynn. 1991. Morphological variation, karyotype and reproduction of the parthenogenetic blind snake, Ramphotyphlops braminus, from the insular region of East Asia and Saipan. Amphibia-Reptilia 12(2): 181-193.
  • Mori, A. 1991. Effects of prey size and type on prey-handling behavior in Elaphe quadrivirgata. J. Herpetology 25(2): 160-166.
  • Mori, A. 1991. Spontaneous immobility of the Japanese lacertid lizard, Takydromus tachydromoides. Jpn. J. Herpetol. 14(1):1-5.
  • Ota, H., N. Kamezaki, T. Hikida, M. Matsui, A. Mori, T. Hayashi, and S. Tanabe. 1991. Karyotype of Achalinus spinalis from Japan: the first karyological description of a xenodermine snake (Colubridae). Jpn. J. Herpetol. 14(1): 12-14.
  • Ota, H., T. Hikida, M. Matsui, and A. Mori. 1991. Karyotypes of two water skinks of the genus Tropidophorus (Reptilia: Squamata) from Borneo. J. Herpetol. 25(4): 488-490.
  • Mori, A. and T. Hikida. 1991. Notes on the defensive behavior of the Asian elapid, Maticora intestinalis. Snake 23(2): 107-109.
  • Ota, H., M. Matsui, T. Hikida, and A. Mori. 1992. Extreme karyotype divergence between species of the genus Gonocephalus (Reptilia: Squamata: Agamidae) from Borneo and Australia. Herpetologica 48(1): 120-124.
  • Ota, H., T. Hikida, M. Matsui, and A. Mori. 1992. Karyotypes of two species of the genus Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Sarawak, Malaysia. Caryologia 45(1): 43-49.
  • Mori, A., N. Narumi, and K. V. Kardong. 1992. Unusual putative defensive behavior in Oligodon formosanus (Serpentes: Colubridae): Head-slashing and tail-striking. J. Herpetol. 26(2): 213-216.
  • Mori, A., M. Toda, S. Kadowaki, and H. Moriguchi. 1992. Lying in ambush for nocturnal frogs: Field observations on the feeding behavior of three colubrid snakes, Elaphe quadrivirgata, E. climacophora, and Rhabdophis tigrinus. Jpn. J. Herpetol. 14(3): 107-115.
  • Mori, A. and T. Hikida. 1992. A preliminary study of sexual dimorphism in wing morphology of five species of the flying lizards, genus Draco. Jpn. J. Herpetol. 14(4): 178-183.
  • Mori, A. 1993. A note on the sidewinding locomotion in two colubrid snakes, Opisthotropis typica and Pseudoxenodon macrops. Snake 25(1): 67-70.
  • Mori, A. and T. Hikida. 1993. Natural history observations of the flying lizard, Draco volans sumatranus (Agamidae, Squamata) from Sarawak Malaysia. Raffles Bull. Zool. 41(1): 83-94.
  • Mori, A. 1993. Prey handling behavior of neonatal rat snakes, Elaphe taeniura and E. dione (Colubridae). Jpn. J. Herpetol. 15(2): 59-63.
  • Mori, A. 1993. Does feeding experience with different size of prey influence the subsequent prey-handling behavior in Elaphe climacophora? J. Ethol. 11(2): 153-156.
  • Mori, A. and T. Hikida. 1994. Field observations on the social behavior of the flying lizard Draco volans sumatranus in Borneo. Copeia 1994(1): 124-130.
  • Mori, A. and A. Nakachi. 1994. Laboratory observations on daily activity of the endangered stream snake, Opisthotropis kikuzatoi (Reptilia, Squamata, Colubridae) from Kumejima Island. Island Studies in Okinawa. (12): 25-35.
  • Mori, A. 1994. Ecological and morphological characteristics of the Japanese rat snake, Elaphe climacophora, on Kammuri-jima Island: A possible case of insular gigantism. Snake 26(1): 11-18.
  • Mori, A. 1994. Prey-handling behaviour of newly hatched snakes in two species of the genus Elaphe with comparison to adult behaviour. Ethology 97: 198-214.
  • Mori, A. 1995. Prey handling behavior of the young rat snake, Elaphe taeniura (Squamata: Reptilia). Mem. Fac. Sci. Kyoto Univ. Ser. B. 16: 43-47.
  • Mori, A., K. Araya, and T. Hikida. 1995. Biology of the poorly known Bornean lizard, Apterygodon vittatus (Squamata: Scincidae) an arboreal ant-eater. Herpetological Natural History 3(1): 1-14.
  • Mori, A. 1996. Diel cycle in microhabitat utilization by newborns of the homalopsine snake, Enhydris plumbea. Snake 27(2): 135-139.
  • Mori, A., D. Layne, and G. M. Burghardt. 1996. Description and preliminary analysis of antipredator behavior of Rhabdophis tigrinus tigrinus, a colubrid snake with nuchal glands. Jpn. J. Herpetol. 16(3):94-107.
  • Mori, A. 1996. A comparative study of the development of prey handling behavior in young rat snakes, Elaphe quadrivirgata and E. climacophora. Herpetologica 52(3): 313-322.
  • Mori, A. and M. Toriba. 1997. Observations of agonistic behavior between males of Elaphe quadrivirgata: Confirmation of male combat. Jpn. J. Herpetol. 17(1): 11-15
  • Asakawa, M., A. Mori, and M. Motokawa. 1997. Parasitic helminths of Japanese wood mouse, Apodemus argenteus (Muridae: Rodentia), collected on Kinkazan Island , Miyagi Pref., Japan. J. Rakuno Gakuen Univ. 22(1): 147-150. (in Japanese with English summary)
  • Mori, A. 1997. A comparison of predatory behavior of newly hatched Rhabdophis tigrinus (Serpentes: Colubridae) on frogs and fish. Jpn. J. Herpetol.17(2):. 39-45.
  • Mori, A. 1998. Prey-handling behavior of three species of homalopsine snakes: Features associated with piscivory habits and Duvernoy's glands. J. Herpetol. 32(1): 40-50.
  • Mori, A., H. Ota, and N. Kamezaki. 1999. Foraging on sea turtle nesting beaches: Flexible foraging tactics by Dinodon semicarinatum (Serpentes: Colubridae). In: Tropical Island Herpetofauna: Origin, Current Diversity, and Conservation. (H. Ota, ed.), Elsevier, Amsterdam. pp.99-128.
  • Mori, A. and M. Hasegawa. 1999. Geographic differences in behavioral responses of hatchling lizards (Eumeces okadae) to snake-predator chemicals. Jpn. J. Herpetol. 18(2): 45-56.
  • Randriamahazo, H. J. A. R. and A. Mori. 1999. Spatial utilization and social interactions in Oplurus cuvieri cuvieri (Squamata, Opluridae) in Madagascar. Jpn. J. Herpetol. 18(2): 56-65.
  • Mori, A. and G. M. Burghardt. 2000. Does prey matter? Geographic variation in antipredator responses of hatchlings of a Japanese natricine snake, Rhabdophis tigrinus. J. Comp. Psychol. 114(4): 408-413.
  • Motokawa, M., M. Hasegawa, and A. Mori. 2000. Additional record of Crocidura dsinezumi from Nii-jima and To-shima, Izu Islands. J. Nat. Hist. Mus. Inst. Chiba 6(1): 95-96. (in Japanese with English abstract)
  • Tanaka, K. and A. Mori. 2000. Literature survey on predators of snakes in Japan. Current Herpetology 19(2): 97-111.
  • Randriamahazo, H. J. A. R. and A. Mori. 2001. Egg-laying activities and reproductive traits in females of Oplurus cuvieri cuvieri. J. Herpetol. 35(2): 209-217.
  • Tanaka, K., A. Mori, and M. Hasegawa. 2001. Apparent decoupling of prey recognition ability with prey availability in an insular snake population. J. Ethol.19(1): 27-32.
  • Mori, A. and K. Tanaka 2001. Preliminary observations on chemical preference, antipredator responses, and prey-handling behavior of juvenile Leioheterodon madagascariensis (Colubridae). Current Herpetology 20(1): 39-49.
  • Mori, A. and G. M. Burghardt. 2001. Temperature effects on anti-predator behaviour in Rhabdophis tigrinus, a snake with toxic nuchal glands. Ethology 107(9): 795-811.
  • Tanaka, K. and A. Mori. 2001. Predator-prey relationships between birds and snakes in Japan. Jpn. J. Ornithol. 50(2): 91-105. (in Japanese)
  • Mori, A. and H. J. A. R. Randriamahazo. 2002. Foraging mode of a Madagascan iguanian lizard, Oplurus cuvieri cuvieri. Afr. J. Ecol. 40(1): 61-64.
  • Mori, A. 2002. A case of envenomation by the Madagascan colubrid snake, Leioheterodon modestus. Snake 29: 7-8.
  • Mori, A. 2002. Leioheterodon modestus (Madagascar brown snake). Diet. Herpetol Rev. 33(1): 57.
  • Mori, A. and H. J. A. R. Randriamahazo. 2002. Leioheterodon madagascariensis (Madagascar Menarana snake). Diet. Herpetol Rev. 33(1): 57.
  • Mori, A. and M. Hasegawa. 2002. Early growth of Elaphe quadrivirgata from an insular gigantic population. Current Herpetology 21(1): 43-50.
  • Mori, A. and M. Toda. 2002. Retention of passive integrated transponder tags during a long term field study of a pit viper, Trimeresurus okinavensis. Bull. Herpetol. Soc. Japan 2002(2): 59-67. (in Japanese)
  • Mori, A., M. Toda, and H. Ota. 2002. Winter activity of the Hime-Habu (Ovophis okinavensis ) in the humid subtropics: Foraging on breeding anurans at low temperatures. In: Biology of the Vipers (eds. Schuett, G., Hoggren, M. Douglas, M. E., and Greene, H.), Eagle Mountain Publishing LC, Eagle Mountain, Utah. 329-344.
  • Tanaka, K. and A. Mori. 2003. Predation by Andrias japonicus on Elaphe climacophora. Amphibian History No.10: 21-22. (in Japanese)
  • Nagata, E. and A. Mori. 2003. A record of Elaphe conspicillata from Kinkazan Island, Miyagi Prefecture. Bull. Herpetol. Soc. Japan 2003(2): 74-75. (in Japanese)
  • Mori, A., I. Ikeuchi, and M. Hasegawa. 2003. Reptiles and amphibians of Ampijoroa, Ankarafantsika Strict Nature Reserve, a dry forest in northwestern Madagascar. Herpetological Natural History 10: in press.
  • Mori, A. and G. R. Burghardt. 2004. Thermal effects on the antipredator behaviour of snakes: A review and proposed terminology. Herpetological Journal. 14(2): 79-87.
  • Mori, A. and S. Ohba. 2004. Field observations of predation on snakes by the giant water bug. Bull. Herpetol. Soc. Japan 2004(2): 78-81. (in Japanese)
  • Randriamahazo, H. J. A. R. and A. Mori. 2004. Thermal biology of an iguanian lizard, Oplurus cuvieri cuvieri, in a tropical dry forest of Madagascar. Current Herpetology 23(2): 53-62.
  • Mori, A., K. Tanaka, H. Moriguchi, and M. Hasegawa. 2005. Color variations in Elaphe quadrivirgata throughout Japan. Bull. Herpetol. Soc. Japan 2005(1): 22-38. (in Japanese)
  • Randriamahazo, H. J. A. R. and A. Mori. 2005. Factors affecting the intra-populational variation in dorsal color pattern of an Iguanian lizard, Oplurus cuvieri cuvieri. Current Herpetology 24(1): 19-26.
  • Ikeuchi, I., A. Mori, and M. Hasegawa. 2005. Natural history of Phelsuma madagascariensis kochi from a dry forest in Madagascar. Amphibia-Reptilia 26(4): 475-483.
  • Mori, A., I. Ikeuchi, and M. Hasegawa. 2006. Reptiles and amphibians of Ampijoroa, Ankarafantsika Strict Nature Reserve, a dry forest in northwestern Madagascar. Herpetological Natural History 10(1): 9-38.
  • Mori, A. 2006. Is head first swallowing essential in gape-limited predators?: Prey handling behavior of an anurophagous snake, Rhabdophis tigrinus. Can. J. Zool. 84(7): 954-963.
  • Mori, A. and T. Mizuta. 2006. Envenomation by the Madagascar colubrid snake, Ithycyphus miniatus. J. Venom. Anim. Toxins incl. Trop. Dis. 12(3): 512-520.
  • Hutchinson, D. A., A. Mori, A. H. Savitzky, G. M. Burghardt, X. Wu, J. Meinwald, and F. C. Schroeder. 2007. Dietary Sequestration of Defensive Steroids in Nuchal Glands of the Asian Snake Rhabdophis tigrinus. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 104(7): 2265-2270.
  • Tanaka, K. and A. Mori. 2007. Quantitative evaluation of individual snake color pattern by use of principal components analysis with variable selection: Its application to behavioral studies. Current Herpetoogy. 26(2): 117-137.
  • Vincent, S. E. and A. Mori. 2008. Determinants of feeding performance in free-ranging pit-vipers (Viperidae: Ovophis okinavensis): key roles for head size and body temperature. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 93(1): 53-62.
  • Mori, A. and G. M. Burghardt. 2008. Comparative experimental tests of natricine antipredator displays, with special reference to the apparently unique displays in the Asian genus, Rhabdophis. J. Ethol. 26(1): 61-68.
  • Mori, A. and S. E. Vincent. 2008. An integrative approach to specialization: Relationships among feeding morphology, mechanics, behaviour, performance and diet in two syntopic snakes. J. Zool., London. 275: 47-56.
  • Hutchinson, D. A., A. H. Savitzky, A. Mori, J. Meinwald, and F. C. Schroeder. 2008. Maternal provisioning of sequestered defensive steroids by the Asian snake Rhabdophis tigrinus. Chemoecology 18(3): 181-190.
  • Hasegawa, M. and A. Mori. 2008. Does a gigantic insular snake grow faster or live longer to be gigantic?: Evidence from a long-term field study. South Am. J. Herpetol. 3: 145-154.
  • Kuroki, T., S. Izumiyama, K. Yagita, Y. Une, H. Hayashidani, M. Kuro-o, A. Mori, H. Moriguchi, M. Toriba, T. Ishibashi, and T. Endo. 2008. Occurrence of Cryptosporidium sp. in snakes in Japan. Parasitol. Res. 103: 801-805.
  • Mori, A. 2008. Techniques for marking snakes. Bull. Herpetol. Soc. Japan 2008(2): 144-151.
  • Razafimahatratra, B., A. Mori, and M. Hasegawa. Sleeping site pattern and sleeping behavior of Brookesia decaryi (Chamaeleonidae) in Ampijoroa dry forest, Northwestern Madagascar. Current Herpetol. 27(2): 93-99.
  • Haramura, T., M. Yamane, and A. Mori. 2008. Preliminary survey on the turtle community in a lotic environment of the Kizu River. Current Herpetol. 27(2): 101-108.
  • Mori, A., E. Konishi, and K. Izumi. 2009. A putative predatory attempt by Meles meles on Rhabdophis tigrinus and a possible aversive function of the nuchal glands. Bull. Herpetol. Soc. Japan 2009(1): 18-20. (in Japanese)
  • Mori, A. 2009. Predation on a Ryukyu brown frog by Limnonectes namiyei. Akamata (20): 8. (in Japanese)
  • Mori, A., M. Toda,, and N. Murayama. 2009. Yearly fluctuation of breeding dates of the Ryukyu brown frog, Rana sp., and the Okinawa tip-nosed frog, Rana narina, over 12 years. Akamata (20): 19-23. (in Japanese)
  • Hasegawa, M. A. Mori, M. Nakamura, T. Mizuta, S. Asai, I. Ikeuchi, H. Rakotomanana, T. Okamiya, and S. Yamagishi. 2009. Consequence of Inter Class Competition and Predation on the Adaptive Radiation of Lizards and Birds in the Dry Forest of Western Madagascar. Ornithol. Sci. 8:55-66.
  • Mori, A. 2009. Color and color variation in amphibians and reptiles. Bull. Herpetol. Soc. Japan 2009(2): 141-144. (in Japanese)
  • Ito, R. and A. Mori. 2010. Vigilance against predators induced by eavesdropping on heterospecific alarm calls in a non-vocal lizard Oplurus cuvieri cuvieri (Reptilia: Iguania). Proceedings of the Royal Society, B. 277:1275-1280.
  • Haramura, T., M, Yamane, and A. Mori. 2010. Radiotelemetric study on movement pattern of freshwater turtles inhabiting river environment during breeding and hibernation seasons. Journal of Freshwater Ecology. 25(2): 251-259.
  • Mori, A. and T. M. Randriamboavonjy. 2010. Field Observation of Maternal Attendance of Eggs in a Madagascan Snake, Leioheterodon madagascariensis. Current Herpetology 29(2): 91-95.
Laboratory of Ethology, Kyoto University