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Courtship and Parental Behavior in a Panamanian Poison-Arrow Frog (Dendrobates auratus)

Kentwood D. Wells
Herpetologica
Vol. 34, No. 2 (Jun., 1978), pp. 148-155
Published by: Allen Press on behalf of the Herpetologists' League
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3891667
Page Count: 8
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Courtship and Parental Behavior in a Panamanian Poison-Arrow Frog (Dendrobates auratus)
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Abstract

Courtship and parental behavior of Dendrobates auratus were studied in the field and in captivity. Males are nonterritorial, but occasionally engage in aggressive competition. Males call to attract ♀ ♀ and lead them to oviposition sites in leaf litter. Courtship includes elaborate tactile interactions between partners, with the ♀ taking the more active role. Parental care is performed by the ♂ and includes tending of eggs and transport of tadpoles to water. Males can care for >1 clutch simultaneously. High ♂ parental investment may lead to a shortage of ♂ ♂, limiting ♀ reproductive success. This may result in interfemale competition and a partial reversal of the usual sex roles in courtship.

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