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  The Homing Frog: High Homing Performance in a Territorial Dendrobatid Frog Allobates femoralis (Dendrobatidae)

Pasukonis, A., Ringler, M., Brandl, H. B., Mangione, R., Ringler, E., & Hodl, W. (2013). The Homing Frog: High Homing Performance in a Territorial Dendrobatid Frog Allobates femoralis (Dendrobatidae). Ethology, 119(9), 762-768. doi:10.1111/eth.12116.

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Pasukonis, A., Author
Ringler, M., Author
Brandl, Hanja B.1, Author              
Mangione, R., Author
Ringler, E., Author
Hodl, W., Author
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1University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Vienna, Austria, ou_persistent22              

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 Abstract: Dendrobatidae (dart-poison frogs) exhibit some of the most complex spatial behaviors among amphibians, such as territoriality and tadpole transport from terrestrial clutches to widely distributed deposition sites. In species that exhibit long-term territoriality, high homing performance after tadpole transport can be assumed, but experimental evidence is lacking, and the underlying orientation mechanisms are unknown. We conducted a field translocation experiment to test whether male Allobates femoralis, a dendrobatid frog with paternal extra-territorial tadpole transport, are capable of homing after experimental removal, as well as to quantify homing success and speed. Translocated individuals showed a very high homing success for distances up to 200m and successfully returned from up to 400m. We discuss the potential orientation mechanisms involved and selective forces that could have shaped this strong homing ability.

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 Dates: 2013-09-01
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: Other: WOS:000323215500006
DOI: 10.1111/eth.12116
ISSN: 0179-1613
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Title: Ethology
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Publ. Info: Berlin : P. Parey
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 119 (9) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 762 - 768 Identifier: ISSN: 0179-1613
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/110978978196672