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The reproductive dynamics of temperate amphibians: a review

Hartel, Tibor; Sas, Istvan; Pernetta, Angelo; Geltsch, Ioana Cristina. 2007 The reproductive dynamics of temperate amphibians: a review. North Western Journal of Zoology, 3 (2). 127-145.

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Abstract/Summary

The annual life cycle of pond breeding amphibians is characterized by periodical migrations between three critical habitats: breeding, post breeding - feeding - and hibernating. The breeding season starts with the migration of the reproductive adults toward the breeding site and is characterized by intense manifestations in behavior and development of secondary sexual characters. Time spent in the water is strongly influenced by the outcome of success in courtship, insemination and/or fertilization. The aim of this review is to summarize some major findings of the main research directions regarding the reproductive dynamics of temperate (and especially European) amphibians. These are presented in detail for the most studied European species: Triturus vulgaris, Bufo bufo, B. calamita and Rana temporaria.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biodiversity
CEH Sections: Hails
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access Journal
Additional Keywords: urodelans, anurans, sperm competition, explosive breeding, prolonged breeding
NORA Subject Terms: Biology and Microbiology
Date made live: 26 Mar 2008 14:08
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/2481

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