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We examined the putative defence system of a king cricket, Onosandrus sp., in particular the efficacy of the noxious faeces against two types of predator: a lizard, the skink Mabuya striata (an active, diurnal forager), and the toad Bufo gutturalis (a nocturnal, ambush predator). Contrary to our predictions, the faeces did not act as a deterrent to either predator. Tongueflick trials with cotton scent applicators indicated that the skinks showed a heightened predatory response to king cricketdoi:10.3377/1562-7020(2006)41[75:tpdsoa]2.0.co;2 fatcat:cdt7ykn6ofenjaumxkdgv4xbr4