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Preferred Temperature Correlates with Evaporative Water Loss in Hylid Frogs from Northern Australia

Christopher R. Tracy and Keith A. Christian
Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: Ecological and Evolutionary Approaches
Vol. 78, No. 5 (September/October 2005), pp. 839-846
DOI: 10.1086/432151
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/432151
Page Count: 8
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Preferred Temperature Correlates with Evaporative Water Loss in Hylid Frogs from Northern Australia
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Abstract

Abstract We measured temperature preferences of 12 species of hylid frogs (Litoria and Cyclorana) from northern Australia in a laboratory thermal gradient. These species represented a range of ecological habitat use (aquatic, terrestrial, arboreal), adult body size (0.5–60 g), and cutaneous resistance to water loss ( \documentclass{aastex} \usepackage{amsbsy} \usepackage{amsfonts} \usepackage{amssymb} \usepackage{bm} \usepackage{mathrsfs} \usepackage{pifont} \usepackage{stmaryrd} \usepackage{textcomp} \usepackage{portland,xspace} \usepackage{amsmath,amsxtra} \usepackage[OT2,OT1]{fontenc} \newcommand\cyr{ \renewcommand\rmdefault{wncyr} \renewcommand\sfdefault{wncyss} \renewcommand\encodingdefault{OT2} \normalfont \selectfont} \DeclareTextFontCommand{\textcyr}{\cyr} \pagestyle{empty} \DeclareMathSizes{10}{9}{7}{6} \begin{document} \landscape $R_{\mathrm{c}\,}=0.6{\mbox{--}} 63.1\,\mathrm{s}\,\,\mathrm{cm}\,^{-1}$ \end{document} ). We found significant differences among species in selected skin temperature and gradient temperature but not in the variances of these measures (an index of precision of temperature selection). The species’ differences correlated significantly with cutaneous resistance to water loss, with more‐resistant frogs selecting higher skin and substrate temperatures in the thermal gradient, even after phylogenetic relationships are taken into account. Because cutaneous resistance to water loss also correlates with ecological habit ( \documentclass{aastex} \usepackage{amsbsy} \usepackage{amsfonts} \usepackage{amssymb} \usepackage{bm} \usepackage{mathrsfs} \usepackage{pifont} \usepackage{stmaryrd} \usepackage{textcomp} \usepackage{portland,xspace} \usepackage{amsmath,amsxtra} \usepackage[OT2,OT1]{fontenc} \newcommand\cyr{ \renewcommand\rmdefault{wncyr} \renewcommand\sfdefault{wncyss} \renewcommand\encodingdefault{OT2} \normalfont \selectfont} \DeclareTextFontCommand{\textcyr}{\cyr} \pagestyle{empty} \DeclareMathSizes{10}{9}{7}{6} \begin{document} \landscape $\mathrm{arboreal}\,> \mathrm{terrestrial}\,> \mathrm{aquatic}\,$ \end{document} ), we suggest that their higher resistance to water loss allows arboreal and terrestrial species better ability to tolerate high temperatures, where growth or locomotory speed may be higher, without the associated risk of desiccation.

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