Reproductive stage and phonotactic preferences of female midwife toads (Alytes cisternasii)

Bosch, Jaime, and Boyero, Luz (2004) Reproductive stage and phonotactic preferences of female midwife toads (Alytes cisternasii). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 55 (3). pp. 251-256.

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Abstract

We studied the phonotactic response of Alytes cisternasii females at different reproductive stages (before and after oviposition) toward two male call characteristics (call rate and frequency) differing in variability, as well as in the strength of female preference. We measured female phonotactic response over several repetitions by means of the frequency of selection of the population-preferred alternative, consistency of choice, frequency of reciprocal calling activity, frequency of null trials, and average approach time. Our results showed that female mating preferences in A. cisternasii are highly influenced by the variability of male call characteristics, while only female motivation is related to reproductive stage.

Item ID: 8916
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: reproductive stage; female choice; midwife toads; tropical biology
ISSN: 1432-0762
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2010 05:42
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0608 Zoology > 060801 Animal Behaviour @ 50%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0603 Evolutionary Biology > 060304 Ethology and Sociobiology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960807 Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960506 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments @ 50%
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