Natural history notes on frogs from Manaus, Amazonas

Claude Gascon About the author

Abstract

Natural history accounts are presented for six species of anuran amphibians from the Manaus region, Amazonas. Varied information concerning advertisement call, clutch size, hatching success, and reproductive behavior for two species of dendrobatids and four species of hylids. The information was gathered over several years of field work and hopefully will serve to better understand the ecology of these species.

Amphibian fauna; reproduction; behavior; Amazon; Brazil


Natural history notes on frogs from Manaus, Amazonas1 1 Projeto Dinâmica Biológica de Fragmentos Florestais

Claude Gascon

Departamento de Ecologia, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Caixa Postal 478, 69011-970 Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil

ABSTRACT

Natural history accounts are presented for six species of anuran amphibians from the Manaus region, Amazonas. Varied information concerning advertisement call, clutch size, hatching success, and reproductive behavior for two species of dendrobatids and four species of hylids. The information was gathered over several years of field work and hopefully will serve to better understand the ecology of these species.

Key words: Amphibian fauna, reproduction, behavior, Amazon, Brazil

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. This study was supported by World Wildlife Fund, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Smithsonian Institution, and Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. Additional support was provided from a Graduate Fellowship from FCAR (Quebec). I wish to thank O. Pereira and L. dos Reis for their great help in all aspects of field work. Support during the preparation of this manuscript was provided by a RHAE Fellowhip from CNPq (Brazil). Publication # 129 of the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project.

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Recebido em 30.XII.1994; aceito em 13.I.1995.

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    Publication Dates

    • Publication in this collection
      22 July 2009
    • Date of issue
      1995

    History

    • Received
      30 Dec 1994
    • Accepted
      13 Jan 1995
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