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pdf 10. Alternative mating tactics in the strawberry poison frog (Oophaga pumilio)

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pp. 275-277
Authors: Meuche, Ivonne & Pröhl, Heike

Abstract: Alternative mating tactics are common in anuran amphibians. Calling males are sometimes parasitized by non-calling satellite males that adopt a conditional strategy associated with a lower reproductive success. In most dendrobatid species, males are highly territorial and use calls to attract females and deter competitors. In this study, a satellite tactic used by Oophaga pumilio males is reported for the first time. The satellite tactic was adopted both by territorial and non-territorial males, and was aimed at attracting females in the territory of calling males. This satellite behaviour seems to be facultative, depending on the ability of males to defend a territory, and on the distribution of receptive females.

Keywords: SATELLITE TACTIC, MATING BEHAVIOUR, POISON-DART FROG, DENDROBATIDAE

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