Interspecific Associations in Tadpoles

Griffiths, Richard A. and Denton, J. (1992) Interspecific Associations in Tadpoles. Animal Behaviour, 44 (6). pp. 1153-1157. ISSN 0003-3472. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Interspecific associations between three species of anuran tadpole differing in vulnerability to predation and competition were tested. The common toad, Bufo bufo, an unpalatable and competitively superior species, associated with both the same and different species. The natterjack toad, B. calamita, an unpalatable but competitively inferior species, displayed little preference. The common frog, Rana temporaria, a palatable, competitively superior species avoided, associating with any species. Interspecific association may be beneficial to aposematic, unpalatable, keen competitors, but is risky to cryptic palatable species irrespective of competitive ability. Species that are unpalatable but poor competitors should maintain a flexible strategy adapted to the prevailing levels of competition and predation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: P. Ogbuji
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2009 08:37
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 11:18
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/22593 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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