The British Herpetological Society

The Herpetological Journal is the Society's prestigious quarterly scientific journal. Articles are listed in Biological Abstracts, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences,Current Contents, Science Citation Index, and Zoological Record.

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pdf 02. Size differences of natterjack toads breeding in the North Merseyside sand dunes

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pp.493-498

Authors: P. H. Smith

Abstract: Snout-vent lengths of large samples of natterjacks were measured at four relatively isolated sand-dune breeding sites in two successive years. It was hoped t hat the size distributions would indicate whether satisfactory recruitment into t he breeding cohort was taking place. Significant differences were found between males and females. between the four sites and between years. It is inferred that one group consists mainly of young individuals. reflecting high toad let product ion. while the other three groups have a large proportion of older adults as a consequence of poorer breeding success. The possible reasons for these differences are discussed.

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