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pdf 03. Field studies on reproductive behaviour in two dart poison frog species ([i]Epipedobates femoralis, Epipedobates trivittatus[i]) in Amazonian Peru


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Authors: Margarete E. Roithmair

Abstract: The reproductive behaviour of two syntopic dendrobatid species, Epipedobates femoralis and Epipedobates trivittatus were studied in two separate field studies in Amazonian Peru. Males of both species defended territories against calling conspecifics; females were not territorial . Pair-formation, courtship, and mating took place in the territories of the males. Females entered territories and approached calling males who attempted to lead females to oviposition sites. Females rejected males during courtship by leaving males or refusing nest sites. Males never rejected females. Brood care was performed by males only. The reproductive behaviour of the two species varied in length and pattern of courtship, oviposition behaviour and male brood-care behaviour.


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