Trophic eggs in the foam nests of Leptodactylus labyrinthicus (Anura, Leptodactylidae): An experimental approach

dc.contributor.authorPrado, Cynthia P. A. [UNESP]
dc.contributor.authorToledo, Luís Felipe [UNESP]
dc.contributor.authorZina, Juliana [UNESP]
dc.contributor.authorHaddad, Célio F. B. [UNESP]
dc.contributor.institutionUniversidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp)
dc.date.accessioned2014-05-27T11:21:38Z
dc.date.available2014-05-27T11:21:38Z
dc.date.issued2005-10-01
dc.description.abstractThe South American pepper frog, Leptodactylus labyrinthicus, is a large species that lays eggs in foam nests in holes dug out of the banks of different bodies of water. Recently, it was reported that only 6-10% of eggs are fertilized in foam nests of L. labyrinthicus and the remaining unfertilized eggs are consumed by the tadpoles inside the nest. Here we tested experimentally the influence of the ingestion of trophic eggs on the survivorship and growth of L. labyrinthicus tadpoles. Tadpoles fed on trophic eggs and subsequently fed on dry fish food grew larger than those fed only on dry fish food, and this suggests that the ingestion of trophic eggs is an adaptation to improve tadpole growth. The ingestion of trophic eggs also seems to be important for the maintenance of tadpoles in environments with unpredictable rainfall, as they were able to survive for about 70 days feeding only on these trophic eggs and one tadpole managed to complete metamorphosis feeding on trophic eggs only. Details of the spawning behaviour observed in the field, occurrence of multiple mating, and predation on eggs by terrestrial invertebrates and vertebrates are also reported.en
dc.description.affiliationDepartamento de Zoologia Instituto de Biociências Universidade Estadual Paulista, Rio Claro, São Paulo
dc.description.affiliationDepartamento de Zoologia Instituto de Biociências Universidade Estadual Paulista, Caixa Postal 199, 13506-970, Rio Claro, SP
dc.description.affiliationUnespDepartamento de Zoologia Instituto de Biociências Universidade Estadual Paulista, Rio Claro, São Paulo
dc.description.affiliationUnespDepartamento de Zoologia Instituto de Biociências Universidade Estadual Paulista, Caixa Postal 199, 13506-970, Rio Claro, SP
dc.format.extent279-284
dc.identifierhttp://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/bhs/thj/2005/00000015/00000004/art00008
dc.identifier.citationHerpetological Journal, v. 15, n. 4, p. 279-284, 2005.
dc.identifier.issn0268-0130
dc.identifier.scopus2-s2.0-31344469930
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11449/68446
dc.identifier.wosWOS:000234366500008
dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofHerpetological Journal
dc.relation.ispartofjcr1.268
dc.relation.ispartofsjr0,654
dc.rights.accessRightsAcesso restrito
dc.sourceScopus
dc.subjectEgg predation
dc.subjectFrog
dc.subjectMultiple mating
dc.subjectReproduction
dc.subjectSpawning behaviour
dc.subjectAnura
dc.subjectInvertebrata
dc.subjectLeptodactylidae
dc.subjectLeptodactylus labyrinthicus
dc.subjectSchinus molle
dc.subjectVertebrata
dc.titleTrophic eggs in the foam nests of Leptodactylus labyrinthicus (Anura, Leptodactylidae): An experimental approachen
dc.typeArtigo
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unesp.author.lattes0458077399058762[4]
unesp.author.orcid0000-0002-6105-4921[1]
unesp.author.orcid0000-0002-4929-9598[2]
unesp.author.orcid0000-0002-7044-5764[4]
unesp.campusUniversidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp), Instituto de Biociências, Rio Claropt

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