A preliminary study on the effect of isolation on frog larval growth and metamorphosis

Zewe, Frances L. and Booth, David T. (2014) A preliminary study on the effect of isolation on frog larval growth and metamorphosis. Australian Zoologist, 37 2: 173-177. doi:10.7882/AZ.2014.003


Author Zewe, Frances L.
Booth, David T.
Title A preliminary study on the effect of isolation on frog larval growth and metamorphosis
Journal name Australian Zoologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0067-2238
Publication date 2014-10-28
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.7882/AZ.2014.003
Open Access Status
Volume 37
Issue 2
Start page 173
End page 177
Total pages 5
Place of publication Mosman, NSW, Australia
Publisher Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Many tadpole species aggregate in nature and if larval densities are not too high there is generally a positive effect of grouping on growth and development. The benefits of grouping may be due to social facilitation and the availability of other tadpoles' faeces for consumption. We determined the effect of raising striped marsh frog (Limnodynastes peronii) tadpoles in isolation by comparing larval growth, size at metamorphosis and jumping distance at metamorphosis between full siblings raised in isolation, at low density and at high density. As expected, tadpoles raised in isolation experienced slower growth and development, which resulted in a prolonged larval duration and reduced mass and jump distance at metamorphosis. These results suggest that conspecific interactions are important for healthy growth and development of striped marsh frog larvae.
Keyword Tadpole
Limnodynastes peronii
Density effects
Rearing conditions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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