The British Herpetological Society

The Herpetological Journal is the Society's prestigious quarterly scientific journal. Articles are listed in Biological Abstracts, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences,Current Contents, Science Citation Index, and Zoological Record.

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pdf 04. Size inferences based on skeletal fragments of the common European frog Rana temporaria L


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Authors: M. Esteban, J. Castanet And B . Sanchiz

Abstract: Based on a museum collection of skeletons of adult Rana temporaria (Ranidae) from a single population in the French Daubs region, equations for regression that predict the size (total length) and mass (total weight) of the animals are presented. Twenty- six measurements based on skeletal elements were selected as independent variables for the regressions, representing the most common fragments recovered in ecological and palaeontological studies. Equations are given for males on all variables, and for males and females jointly in the 11 variables that showed no significant sexual dimorphism in the three-year age class subsample. Proximo-distal lengths are better predictors in general than transverse.

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