Visual and acoustic signaling in three species of Brazilian nocturnal tree frogs (anura, hylidae)


Visual communication seems to be widespread among nocturnal anurans, however, reports of these behaviors in many Neotropical species are lacking. Therefore, we gathered information collected during several sporadic field expeditions in central and southern Brazil with three nocturnal tree frogs: Aplastodiscus perviridis, Hypsiboas albopunctatus and H. bischoffi. These species displayed various aggressive behaviors, both visual and acoustic, towards other males. For A. perviridis we described arm lifting and leg kicking; for H. albopunctatus we described the advertisement and territorial calls, visual signalizations, including a previously unreported behavior (short leg kicking), and male-male combat; and for H. bischoffi we described the advertisement and fighting calls, toes and fingers trembling, leg lifting, and leg kicking. We speculate about the evolution of some behaviors and concluded that the use of visual signals among Neotropical anurans may be much more common than suggested by the current knowledge. © 2007 Departamento de Ciências Biológicas.



Agonistic interactions, Anura, Aplastodiscus perviridis, Hylidae, Hypsiboas albopunctatus, Hypsiboas bischoffi, Physical combats, Visual and acoustic signaling, aggression, behavioral ecology, frog, signaling, visual cue, Brazil, South America

Como citar

Phyllomedusa, v. 6, n. 1, p. 61-68, 2007.