From habitat use to social behavior : natural history of a voiceless poison frog, Dendrobates tinctorius
Rojas, B., & Pašukonis, A. (2019). From habitat use to social behavior : natural history of a voiceless poison frog, Dendrobates tinctorius. PeerJ, 7, Article e7648. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.7648
DisciplineEvoluutiotutkimus (huippuyksikkö)Ekologia ja evoluutiobiologiaCentre of Excellence in Evolutionary ResearchEcology and Evolutionary Biology
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Descriptive studies of natural history have always been a source of knowledge on which experimental work and scientific progress rely. Poison frogs are a well-studied group of small Neotropical frogs with diverse parental behaviors, distinct calls, and bright colors that warn predators about their toxicity; and a showcase of advances in fundamental biology through natural history observations. The dyeing poison frog, Dendrobates tinctorius, is emblematic of the Guianas region, widespread in the pet trade, and increasingly popular in research. This species shows several unusual behaviors, such as the lack of advertisement calls and the aggregation around tree-fall gaps, which remain poorly described and understood. Here, we summarize our observations from a natural population of D. tinctorius in French Guiana collected over various field trips between 2009 and 2017; our aim is to provide groundwork for future fundamental and applied research spanning parental care, animal dispersal, disease spread, habitat use in relation to color patterns, and intra-specific communication, to name a few. We report sex differences in habitat use and the striking invasion of tree-fall gaps; describe their courtship and aggressive behaviors; document egg development and tadpole transport; and discuss how the knowledge generated by this study could set the grounds for further research on the behavior, ecology, and conservation of this species. ...
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Additional information about fundingThis study was funded by student allowances from the School of Psychology at the University of Exeter (United Kingdom) and the Centre for Integrative Ecology at Deakin University (Australia) granted to Bibiana Rojas; by Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), and by Investissement d’Avenir funds of the Agence National de Recherche (Centre d’Etude de la Biodiversité Amazonienne-CEBA: ANR-10-LABX-25-01, ANAEE-France: ANR-11-INBS-0001) in the framework of the Nouragues Travel Grant granted to Bibiana Rojas and Andrius Pašukonis; and by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) project J3827-B29 in the framework of the Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship granted to Andrius Pašukonis. Bibiana Rojas and Andrius Pašukonis are currently funded by the Academy of Finland (Academy Research Fellowship, Project No. 21000042021) and by Lauren O’Connell with Stanford University funds, respectively. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. ...
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