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pdf 03. Temporal changes in the behaviour of foam making [i]Leptodactylus fuscus[i] tadpoles

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pp.498-500

Authors: J. R. Downie

Abstract: Recently-hatched L. fuscus tadpoles kept out of water make a heap of foam which helps them to survive. At first, isolated tadpoles can make foam (by spitting mucus bubbles), but later. tadpoles can only make foam when in a group of five or more. If tadpoles are separated from one another. out of water. they can aggregate bv active. apparently random wriggling movements, but this ability too declines with time since hatching.

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