Advertisement and combat calls of the glass frog Centrolene lynchi (Anura: Centrolenidae), with notes on combat and reproductive behaviors

Authors

  • Nicole Dautel SIT World Learning
  • Ana Lucia Salgado Maldonado Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador; Escuela de Biología; Museo de Zoología
  • Rebecca Abuza College of the Atlantic
  • Henry Imba Reserva Las Gralarias
  • Kelsey Griffin California Polytechnic State University; Biological Sciences Department
  • Juan M. Guayasamin Universidad Tecnológica Indoamérica; Centro de Investigación de la Biodiversidad y Cambio Climático

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.2316-9079.v10i1p31-43

Keywords:

Bioacoustics, call description, combat behavior, glass frog, parental care

Abstract

We describe the advertisement and combat calls, combat behavior, and reproductive behavior of the glass frog Centrolene lynchi, an endemic species of the cloud forests of Ecuador. The typical advertisement call consists of a tonal note and 1-3 peaked notes, each with 1-3 pulses. Variations on this advertisement call include the addition of a short note before the tonal note, as well as the absence of the tonal note. These modifications may be similar to the described call modifications of other anurans in response to the presence of conspecific females and males, potential predators and/or changes in the sound environment. Additionally, we describe the combat call emitted during previously undescribed venter-to-venter combat between males. The discovery of this combat behavior is consistent with the hypothesis that venter-to-venter combat behavior is a shared derived trait of the subfamily Centroleninae. Finally, we describe male reproductive habits and development of the species, including egg attendance by males and implied male parental care.

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Published

2011-06-01

How to Cite

Dautel, N., Maldonado, A. L. S., Abuza, R., Imba, H., Griffin, K., & Guayasamin, J. M. (2011). Advertisement and combat calls of the glass frog Centrolene lynchi (Anura: Centrolenidae), with notes on combat and reproductive behaviors. Phyllomedusa: Journal of Herpetology, 10(1), 31-43. https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.2316-9079.v10i1p31-43

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