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pdf 09. Evidence of the peptide identity of the epidermal alarm cue in tadpoles of the toad Rhinella arenarum


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pp. 230-233

Authors: Marilina Raices, Lucas D. Jungblut & Andrea G. Pozzi

Abstract: Chemical cues associated with predation attempts allow prey to trigger defensive behaviours. Accordingly, tadpoles of several species of anurans display strong behavioural responses to chemical cues of injured conspecifics. As part of the antipredator response, tadpoles show rapid and sustained inhibition of activity when exposed to chemical cues of predation. Although the ability to respond to cues of conspecifics has been confirmed in a wide variety of anuran species, studies about the tissue source and the chemical aspects of the molecules involved are scarce and contradictory. In the present work, we analysed the chemical characteristics, tissue source and release mechanism of the chemical alarm cue in Rhinella arenarum tadpoles. Our results support the hypothesis that a peptide of epidermal origin in mediates amphibian tadpole communication.

Keywords: Amphibia, Anura, tadpoles, anti-predator, behaviours, conspecific cues

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