Temporal variability of spawning site selection in the frog Rana dalmatina: consequences for habitat management.— We evaluated whether R. dalmatina females laid their eggs randomly within a pond or preferred particular microhabitats. The same measures were performed in the same area in two consecutive years to determine whether the pattern remained constant over time. In 2003, we observed a significant selection for areas with more submerged deadwood and vegetation, presence of emergent ground and low water depth. However, these results were not confirmed in the subsequent year when none of the microhabitat features measured had a significant effect. Although microhabitat features can strongly influence tadpoles, the temporal variability of habitat at this spatial scale suggests that habitat management could be more effective if focused on a a wider spatial scale.
|Titolo:||Temporal variability of spawning site selection in the frog Rana dalmatina: consequences for habitat management|
|Autori interni:||DE BERNARDI, FIORENZA (Ultimo)|
FICETOLA, GENTILE FRANCESCO (Primo)
|Parole Chiave:||Amphibians; Habitat management; Microhabitat; Rana dalmatina; Reproductive site; Spatial scale|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/05 - Zoologia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2006|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|