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K Hermans, R Pinxten and M Eens (2002)

Territorial and vocal behaviour in a captive dart-poison frog, Epipedobates tricolor Boulenger, 1899 (Anura : Dendrobatidae)

BELGIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, 132(2):105-109.

Territorial and vocal behaviour of captive dart-poison frogs, Epipedobates tricolor, were studied in captivity, Most adult males (10 out of 13) showed territorial behaviour, while there was no indication of female territoriality. Territorial males defended sites with vocal and aggressive behaviour against male intruders. The residents' aggressive behaviour consisted of chases, physical combat and vocalizations. Only male frogs were observed producing sounds. Males vocalized more often in the morning than in the evening and they preferred to call from elevated perches. Females and non-calling males mainly stayed on the ground surface, although in the afternoon females were often observed visiting male territories.

Frogs; Dendrobatidae; Epipedobates; territoriality; aggression; vocalization
BJZ

ISSN 2295-0451 (online version)
ISSN 0777-6279 (printed version)
impact factor 2015: 0,87.

Editor-in-Chief:
Prof. Dr. Isa Schön
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Vautierstraat 29
1000 Brussels, Belgium

 



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