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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Authors: Bourke, Johara; Busse, Klaus C. & Bakker, Theo M.
Abstract: We demonstrate that Darwin's frogs (Rhinoderma darwinii) show sex differences in dorsal pattern and body coloration. Males possessed higher variability than females, which were mainly brown; two dorsal patterns and a green body colour were found exclusively in males. Males at different reproductive stages differed significantly in body colour and dorsal pattern; brooding males were characterized by being greener. Females, which were almost exclusively brown, were mostly found on brown substrates, whereas males were distributed across brown, green and brown/green substrates. An association between body and substrate coloration suggests crypsis to reduce predation risk.
Keywords: POLYMORPHISM, GENDER, MICROHABITAT, CHILE, TEMPORAL VARIATION