Special Issue "Trophic Interactions of Insects and Amphibians"
A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 January 2012)
Dr. Eric W. Riddick
National Biological Control Laboratory, USDA-ARS, Stoneville, MS 38776, USA
Interests: behavioral and chemical ecology of natural enemies; biological control; insect colonization; insect-amphibian interactions
The purpose of this special issue is to highlight the trophic interactions of insects and amphibians. The most commonly known interaction between these two classes of animals involves predator-prey, with insects serving as prey of amphibians. In light of the global decline of amphibians, there is an urgent need to devise methods of rearing insects as food for endangered or threatened species in captive propagation. Insects also function as natural enemies of amphibians. Although there are some published studies that document insect predation or parasitism, few if any of these studies indicate whether insects can significantly affect the population dynamics of their prey (or hosts). Competition for limited resources between insects and amphibians can occur in some habitats. Research on this interaction is necessary to determine what abiotic or biotic variables we can manipulate to influence the outcome of competition. Finally, insects serve as dietary sources of toxins found in the skin secretions of amphibians. Can we extract these toxins and formulate them into repellents against biting insects, such as mosquitoes? Articles in this special issue will address a diversity of topics dealing with trophic interactions of insects and amphibians from both a basic and applied framework. The submission of high quality articles on any trophic interaction of these two classes of animals is encouraged.
Dr. Eric W. Riddick
- natural enemies
Insects 2012, 3(3), 653-667; doi:10.3390/insects3030653
Received: 25 April 2012; in revised form: 6 July 2012 / Accepted: 6 July 2012 / Published: 18 July 2012| PDF Full-text (166 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Review: Trophic Interactions Between Insects and Stream-Associated Amphibians in Steep, Cobble-Bottom Streams of the Pacific Coast of North America
Insects 2012, 3(2), 432-441; doi:10.3390/insects3020432
Received: 16 February 2012; in revised form: 22 March 2012 / Accepted: 26 March 2012 / Published: 10 April 2012| Cited by 1 | PDF Full-text (78 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Review: Reciprocal Trophic Interactions and Transmission of Blood Parasites between Mosquitoes and Frogs
Insects 2012, 3(2), 410-423; doi:10.3390/insects3020410
Received: 13 March 2012; in revised form: 20 March 2012 / Accepted: 21 March 2012 / Published: 3 April 2012| PDF Full-text (91 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Communication: Density-Dependent Effects of Amphibian Prey on the Growth and Survival of an Endangered Giant Water Bug
Insects 2011, 2(4), 435-446; doi:10.3390/insects2040435
Received: 7 September 2011; in revised form: 15 September 2011 / Accepted: 27 September 2011 / Published: 30 September 2011| PDF Full-text (178 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Last update: 26 February 2014