Next Article in Journal
Throat Patch Variation in Tayra (Eira barbara) and the Potential for Individual Identification in the Field
Next Article in Special Issue
Training for Translocation: Predator Conditioning Induces Behavioral Plasticity and Physiological Changes in Captive Eastern Hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis) (Cryptobranchidae, Amphibia)
Previous Article in Journal
Olive Tree (Olea europaea L.) Diversity in Traditional Small Farms of Ficalho, Portugal
Article Menu
Issue 1 (March) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Diversity 2018, 10(1), 6; https://doi.org/10.3390/d10010006

Evaluation of Conspecific Attraction as a Management Tool across Several Species of Anurans

1
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, 1102 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
2
Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, 1816 S. Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61802, USA
3
Engineer Research and Development Center, P.O. Box 9005, Champaign, IL 61826, USA
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 19 December 2017 / Revised: 16 January 2018 / Accepted: 18 January 2018 / Published: 22 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Conservation and Ecology of Amphibians)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [490 KB, uploaded 22 January 2018]   |  

Abstract

Amphibian populations are declining worldwide, with habitat loss and alteration being a primary driver of many declines. Management strategies to mitigate these declines include translocation and creation or restoration of breeding habitats, yet these techniques are not always effective. We examined whether conspecific attraction—a management tool frequently used in avian conservation—would be similarly valuable in management and conservation of anuran amphibians (i.e., frogs and toads). We broadcast conspecific chorus sounds at unoccupied, artificial breeding ponds for six anuran species across three field sites. We documented when frogs arrived at each pool and when eggs were laid. We compared differences in number of pools found with adults and egg masses between playback and control pools and examined latency to first colonization. We found that Mexican spadefoots colonized playback ponds faster and more often than control ponds, while Cope’s gray treefrogs, Arizona treefrogs, green frogs, spring peepers, and wood frogs exhibited weak or non-existent responses. We discuss why breeding ecology may influence tendency to exhibit conspecific attraction and how this behavior could be used in amphibian management and conservation. View Full-Text
Keywords: anurans; conspecific attraction; management; colonization anurans; conspecific attraction; management; colonization
Figures

Graphical abstract

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).
SciFeed

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Buxton, V.L.; Ward, M.P.; Sperry, J.H. Evaluation of Conspecific Attraction as a Management Tool across Several Species of Anurans. Diversity 2018, 10, 6.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Diversity EISSN 1424-2818 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top