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pdf 01. Unusual lack of reproduction in toad populations from agricultural habitats


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pp. 197-200

Authors: Matthias Renoirt, Marion Cheron, Frédéric Angelier & François Brischoux

Abstract: Anthropogenic alterations of habitats can have detrimental consequences for biodiversity. Documenting these effects require monitoring in multiple sites that vary in the degree of alterations over long temporal scales, a task that is challenging. Yet, simple naturalist observations can reveal major ongoing events affecting
wild populations, and serve as a basis for further investigations. We quantified breeding parameters of spined toad (Bufo spinosus) populations from forested (preserved) and agricultural (altered) habitats. We found that reproduction did not occur at the sites surrounded by agriculture, while it occurred successfully in ponds
from forests. Males were present at all sites, but females, amplexus, egg strings and tadpoles remained absent from agricultural sites. Observations made at the same sites indicated that breeding occurred during previous years. Our observations of habitat- and sex-specific lack of reproduction may have critical consequences for the
persistence of populations of a widespread amphibian species in agricultural areas.

Keywords: Amphibian, Bufo spinosus, breeding, conservation, reproductive success


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