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.
A preliminary study on the effect of isolation on frog larval growth and metamorphosis
- Views Icon Views
- PDF LinkPDF
- Share Icon Share
- Search Site
Frances Zewe, David Booth; A preliminary study on the effect of isolation on frog larval growth and metamorphosis. Australian Zoologist 1 January 2014; 37 (2): 173–177. doi: https://doi.org/10.7882/AZ.2014.003
Download citation file:
If you are a current RZS NSW member (with publications), please access the full text of papers by visiting https://www.rzsnsw.org.au/member-centre/publications (you will be asked to log in to RZS NSW). Do not log in at the top of this current page for access.