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dc.contributor.authorAbraham, Robin Kurian
dc.contributor.authorMathew, Jobin Kuruvilla
dc.contributor.authorRaju, David Valiaparampil
dc.contributor.authorRao, Ramprasad
dc.contributor.authorZachariah, Anil
dc.identifier.citationAbraham, R. K., Mathew, J. K., Raju, D. V., Rao, R., & Zachariah, A. (2018). Reproduction and metamorphosis in the Myristica Swamp tree frog, Mercurana myristicapalustris (Anura: Rhacophoridae). PeerJ, 6, e5934.
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dc.description.abstractThe reproductive biology of the Myristica Swamp tree frog (Mercurana myristicapalustris), a monotypic rhacophorid frog endemic to the foothills of the Western Ghats mountains of India, has remained unknown since the description of the genus and species. We monitored individuals from parental generation amplexus to the completion of offspring generation tadpole metamorphosis. Surprisingly, our observations revealed that this species exhibits many previously unknown characteristics, including the first ever record of the female, and a diverse call repertoire, consisting of five different call types (the functions of which remain incompletely known). We were also able to determine that reproductive activity peaked during the late pre-monsoon season, that males engaged in intraspecific aggressive encounters to occupy and to defend desirable territories, and that oviposition took place in terrestrial nests made by females. Embryonic development in the unattended nest was followed by tadpole development, which concluded within 40 days. The specific breeding mode employed by Mercurana, which restricts its range to the endangered Myristica swamp ecosystem, likely renders it susceptible to multiple threats, which should be considered jointly in future conservation planning.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright 2018 Abraham et al.en_US
dc.subjectReproductive modeen_US
dc.subjectMyristica swampen_US
dc.titleReproduction and metamorphosis in the Myristica Swamp tree frog, Mercurana myristicapalustris (Anura: Rhacophoridae)en_US
kusw.kuauthorAbraham, Robin Kurian
kusw.kudepartmentBiodiversity Instituteen_US
kusw.kudepartmentEcology and Evolutionary Biologyen_US
kusw.oaversionScholarly/refereed, publisher versionen_US
kusw.oapolicyThis item meets KU Open Access policy criteria.en_US

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