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Population Dynamics of Eleutherodactylus coqui in Cordillera Forest Reserves of Puerto Rico

Jarrod H. Fogarty and Francisco J. Vilella
Journal of Herpetology
Vol. 36, No. 2 (Jun., 2002), pp. 193-201
DOI: 10.2307/1565991
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1565991
Page Count: 9
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Population Dynamics of Eleutherodactylus coqui in Cordillera Forest Reserves of Puerto Rico
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Abstract

Various aspects of population structure and dynamics of Eleutherodactylus coqui in two forest reserves (Maricao and Guilarte) of the central mountain range of Puerto Rico were determined between July 1997 and June 1998. Adult density ranged from 8-25 animals/100 m2 for the wet season and 3-19 animals/100 m2 for the dry season. Abundance of froglets and juveniles was also greater in the wet season compared to the dry season. By contrast, egg mass counts were greater in the dry season compared to the wet season. Adult body size increased from wet to dry season as population density declined and was found to differ significantly between forests. Adult E. coqui trapped at similar elevations were larger in Guilarte compared to those in Maricao. Average body size for Maricao and Guilarte populations were smaller than those reported for populations in eastern Puerto Rico. Comparing average snout-vent length among frogs from the Luquillo Mountains, Guilarte Forest, and Maricao Forest, a gradient of decreasing body size was observed from east to west across the island.

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